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politico.eu.com | France backs efforts to quash Niger coup ahead of Sunday deadline
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna on Saturday backed efforts to reverse a military coup in Niger, following a meeting in Paris with the African country's Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou and Niger's Ambassador to France, Aïchatou Boulama Kané.
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This ia a peculiar endorsement of the  constitutional authority and legitimacy of Nigerien incumbents rejected by CNSP partisans. Their harrowing flight to safety inside the big tent of the Banque de France is not told. Imagine instead chaos and "boiled leaves" amid the ruins of foreign "assistance" and "frozen" treasury that they left to the toiling masses. Here is Mohamed Bazoum's obsequious letter to editorial managementof the Washington Post, inspired by V. Zekensk* and written by Matthew Miller, US State Dept. "messaging" manager.
This coup, launched against my government by a faction in the military on July 26, has no justification whatsoever. If it succeeds, it will have devastating consequences for our country, our region and the entire world.
o, ECOWAS! o, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!
France's Foreign Ministry has said the revocation of the military pacts will not effect existing military deals as Paris does not recognize the putschists [sic].
An idiom connoting 19th century European experience with European antidisestablishmentarians, typically, disaffected officers appointed by the current regime to defend the current regime
"They have until tomorrow to renounce this adventurism [sic], these personal adventures, and restore democracy,"
IFES authoritative report: Republic of Niger Election 2021
Main Candidates in this Election:*
... National Assembly (27 Dec 2020): count N/A
... President Round 1 (27 Dec 2020): count N/A
... President Round 2 (19 Feb 2021): count N/A
* A total of 30 candidates are running in the election.[1]
1 DW | Many challenges for a new president
[French Foreign Minister Catherine] Colonna said. "Niger, which had democratically elected its president, must return to constitutional order, must see the will of the people of Niger respected."
An *-English trope denoting epic armed expeditions to conquer dangerous, exotic foreign lands
According to reports by France 24 [in Mali] and the Associated Press, Niger's military junta [sic] has asked for help from the Russian mercenary group Wagner [!] as Sunday's deadline approaches.
also geographically challenged AP (Fri, 4 Aug)
The US seeks to hang on to its last, best counterterrorist outpost in West Africa
"Ten days into a coup in Niger, life has become more challenging for U.S. forces ..."

Two Anglo-american visions of the "Sahel region". One geographic, one political. Incidentally, Mauritania withdrew from the WAMEU in 2000, citing irreconcilable differences over CFA monetary policy.

West Africa defense chiefs finalize Niger intervention plan as junta negotiations deadlock (the less said about the IMF's Sudan "protectorate," the better)
"defense chiefs from ECOWAS countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, and Niger met Friday in Abuja, Nigeria, concluding with several measures including a military intervention outlined as recommendations to the regional leaders..."

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There's little else from Politico's pretext for war among AU55 states that merits comment, other than to warn: Don't do it. Remember, Nigeria's standing 200K-man army has failed to save its own democracy from "mostly muslim" trrsm cultivated by your liege AFRICOM.  
by Cat on Sun Aug 6th, 2023 at 04:20:04 PM EST

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