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UN, US condemn apparent coup attempt in Niger

UN, US condemn apparent coup attempt in Niger
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The UN secretary-general and the United States both condemned efforts to seize power by force in an apparent coup attempt in the Sahel state of Niger on Wednesday.

Niger’s president, Mohamed Bazoum, was being held by members of his guard, according to sources.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned “in the strongest terms any effort to seize power by force and to undermine democratic governance, peace and stability,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Guterres called “on all actors involved to exercise restraint and to ensure the protection of constitutional order,” Dujarric added.

“The United States is deeply concerned about today’s developments in Niger,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement from the White House.

“We strongly condemn any effort to detain or subvert the functioning of Niger’s democratically elected government,” Sullivan said, adding that “we specifically urge elements of the presidential guard to release President Bazoum from detention and refrain from violence.”

A close ally of France, Bazoum was elected in 2021, taking the helm of a country mired in poverty and burdened by a history of chronic instability.

The landlocked state has experienced four coups since independence from France in 1960 as well as numerous other attempts on power, including against Bazoum himself.

Lying in the heart of the arid Sahel, Niger is two-thirds desert and persistently ranks at the bottom, or near it, in the UN’s Human Development Index, a benchmark of prosperity.

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