Strain on Niger’s coup leaders mounted Sunday with the method of the one-week deadline set by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS for the navy to relinquish management or face potential armed intervention. Observe our dwell weblog for all the most recent developments. All occasions are Paris time (GMT+2).
9:47am: ECOWAS ‘might wait to see whether or not sanctions actually begin to chew’ earlier than launching navy intervention
Because the ECOWAS deadline quick approaches on Sunday, Paul Melly, a journalist and consulting fellow at Chatham Home’s Africa programme, informed FRANCE 24 he was unsure whether or not the West African regional bloc would launch a navy intervention.
“I feel at this stage we genuinely do not know as a result of a part of the ECOWAS bundle can be monetary and commerce sanctions and they’re already biting very arduous as a result of Niger is a landlocked nation. Most of its commerce with the surface world passes by means of Nigeria and Benin that are ECOWAS states and collaborating within the sanctions,” Melly stated.
“The border has been closed, Nigeria’s stopped electrical energy provide. We have seen energy cuts, we have seen already an increase in key client items in Niamey, the Nigerien capital,” Melly added.
ECOWAS “might wait to see whether or not these sanctions actually begin to chew and put stress on – earlier than both going forward or deciding lastly precisely what to do concerning the navy motion”.
Melly added that though “the presidents of the ECOWAS states have firmly dedicated themselves to navy motion – there’s numerous division inside some member states.”
“Opposition politicians in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal are elevating severe questions on this.”
6:39am: Closing hours earlier than a potential navy intervention in Niger
Strain from the worldwide group is mounting on the coup plotters who’ve seized energy in Niger, simply hours earlier than the ultimatum issued by the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS) is ready to run out on Sunday.
On July 30, 4 days after the tried coup d’état towards elected president Mohamed Bazoum, ECOWAS gave the coup plotters seven days, i.e., till Sunday night, to revive him to workplace or face potential navy intervention.
Niger’s new navy junta has requested for assist from the Russian Wagner group because the deadline nears.
A number of West African armies, together with Senegal and the Ivory Coast, have stated they’re able to ship troopers, based on a supply near the Ivorian delegation in Abuja, who didn’t specify the variety of males that could be deployed.
1:00am: Algeria opposes navy intervention in Niger
“A navy intervention may ignite the entire Sahel area and Algeria won’t use power with its neighbours,” Tebboune stated in an interview with native media.
Key developments from Saturday, August 5:
France’s Overseas Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna stated on Saturday that France supported “with firmness and willpower the efforts of ECOWAS to defeat” the tried coup in Niger. This assertion got here the day earlier than the ultimatum issued by ECOWAS, which says it’s ready to intervene militarily, is ready to run out.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)