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lesahel.org | Visit of an ECOWAS delegation to Niger: "We hope to establish a constructive dialogue between ECOWAS and Niger which will lead to the resolution of this crisis", assured the Head of the ECOWAS delegation, 20 Aug
A strong ECOWAS delegation led by the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubacar is this Saturday August 19, 2023 in Niamey. Welcomed by the Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Lamine Zeine Ali Mahaman  at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, the Head of this delegation had at the Palace of the Presidency of the Republic, a head-a-tete with the President of the National Council for Safeguarding the Party, Head of State, Brigadier General Abdourahamane Tiani. Shortly befoe this meeting between the two personalities, the delegation led by General Abdulsalami Abaubacar had an extended working session with the Prime Minister and certain members of the government still at the Palace of the Presidency of the Republic.

[PHOTO of 5 principal negotiators including Mohamed Bazoum, excluding Tiani]

At the end of these various exchanges, the Head of the ECOWAS delegation, General Abdulsalami sid that he had been sent by the Heads of State of ECOWAS ["the Authority"] in order to discuss with the new authorities of Niger about the socio-political situation in Niger with a view to finding a favorable outcome. "We are going to leave to report to them on this mission. We also discussed with the former President of the Republic [M. Bazoum] and we collected his assessments. We hope that this meeting will establish a constructive dialogue between ECOQAS and Niger that will lead to the resolution of this crisis," he said.

lemonde | West African bloc rejects Niger's three-year transition plan to democracy, 20 Aug uh oh
Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS commissioner for politics and security, described the proposal of a three-year transition as "a joke" and said the bloc would "never accept it."

"We want constitutional order to be restored as soon as possible," he told Al Jazeera in an interview broadcast on Monday, August 21. "Military action is not off the table," he warned.
"We say we need a very short transition period... but we are not even talking about one year. It's going to be a lot shorter than that," said ECOWAS commissioner Musah. "We had the same experiences with the three coups in the region in the past three years. Even as we speak those countries are still talking of extending the transition period already agreed with ECOWAS."

lesahel.org | Press briefing by the Attorney General at the Niamey Court of Appeal: "We cannot tolerate this form of expression of fredoms in that it carries the virus of division and aggression in our country", declares Mr. Maazou Oumarou, 21 Aug uh oh
To persuade these intensely active induviduals on social networks to abandon these harmful practices in the country, Mr. Maazou Oumarou recalled that our legal and regulatory system is complete as to the legal basis for repression of what they engage in. Thus, hesays, the first chapter of title 1 of the Penal Code provides for and punishes the crimes of teason and espionage, attacks on national defence, attacks and conspiracies against the authority of the State and the integrity of the national territory, the crime tending to distrurb the Sate by the massacre and the devastation and the crimes committed by the participatio in an insurrectionary movement.

Further more, he explained, "This why the General Prosecutor's office, re-stating its criminal policy, instructed the public prosecutors, especially that of the High Court of Niamey and all the others performing the functions of the public prosecutor's office, to hire, without any weakness prosecution against anyone who engages i such acts, in strict compliance with the law."

by Cat on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 11:12:36 PM EST

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