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Niger Coup: African Union lends support for ECOWAS planned invasion of Niger



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The African Union, AU has indicated its support for the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS plans to invade the Republic of Niger with the aim of restoring constitutional order.

In a statement by the President of AU, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, he said the union will back ECOWAS in their decisions on anti-constitutional change in Niger.

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The statement noted that Mahamat condemned the detention of President Mohamed Bazoum and his family, describing it as “illegal kidnapping” and “unacceptable.”

“The president of the commission challenges the military authorities on the urgency of stopping the escalation with the regional organisation, mistrust of it, and the continuation of the kidnapping of the president in worryingly deteriorating conditions,” the statement noted.

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He called for the immediate release of Mr. Bazoum and all members of his family and government.

The union also called on the international community to rally to save the moral and physical integrity of Bazoum and end what it called the “worryingly poor conditions” of his detention.

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Similarly, the European Union and the United States have joined the AU in expressing “increasing worry” about Bazoum’s detention conditions.

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