Niger Junta Sues ECOWAS, Court To Rule Dec 7

Niger’s military ruler General Abdourahamane Tiani

The Niger Republic junta, commanded by General Abdourahmane Tchiani, has sued the authorities of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over sanctions imposed on the country following the military’s takeover of power.

The coup leaders requested that the ECOWAS court immediately lift the sanctions imposed by its West African neighbors.

As a result, the ECOWAS court set December 7, 2023 as the date for its decision on the matter during its hearing in Abuja on Monday.

Niger was sanctioned economically when a group of soldiers known as the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) deposed President Mohammed Bazoum on July 26, 2023.

The applicants’ counsel, Moukaila Yaye and five other lawyers, maintained that the penalties imposed by ECOWAS were excessive and targeted against Nigeriens.

“There is no sector of the Nigerien society that has not been affected by these sanctions” which have caused untold economic hardship in one of the world’s poorest countries,” Yaye told the court.

The petitioners further urged the court to proclaim its capacity to hear the matter and to rule on the admissibility of the application based on the court’s texts.

The respondents – the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, the Mediation and Security Council, and the ECOWAS Commission – were represented in court by François Kanga-Penond, who claimed that the junta is not recognized under the bloc’s protocol and lacks the authority to file such a case.


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