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African Union Meets On Niger Crisis

Nigerien soldiers stand guard as supporters of Niger’s National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) gather for a demonstration in Niamey on August 11, 2023 near a French airbase in Niger. (Photo by AFP)

The African Union (AU) announced a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue in Niger following the July 26 coup that deposed President Mohamed Bazoum.

“AU’s Peace & Security Council meets to receive an update on the evolution of the situation in Niger and the efforts to address it,” the pan-African body said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The meeting was taking place at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, it said.

Among those there are AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and leaders from Niger and the West African organization ECOWAS.

Last Monday, Faki expressed “deep concern” about Bazoum’s reported bad incarceration conditions, calling his treatment at the hands of coup officials “unacceptable.”

Niger’s military ruler pledged on Sunday to pursue democratically elected Bazoum for “high treason” and criticized ECOWAS for slapping sanctions on the country.

Since the coup, Bazoum, 63, and his family have been held at the president’s official Niamey mansion.

Written by PH

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