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Niger coup Uprising: Wagner taking advantage of instability - Antony Blinken | BBC News |

Ecowas - a regional bloc of 15 West African states - issued a Sunday deadline to Niger's junta leaders to stand down and restore President Bazoum.

This deadline was ignored and Ecowas is due to hold a meeting on Thursday to decide on what to do next.

On Monday, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland held what she described as "difficult and Frank talks" with the coup leaders, whom she said understood the risks of working with the mercenaries.

Mr Bazoum, who is currently in captivity, has also spoken of his concerns about Wagner's influence in Africa.

"With an open invitation from the coup plotters and their regional allies, the entire central Sahel region could fall to Russian influence via the Wagner Group, whose brutal terrorism has been on full display in Ukraine," he wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post published last week.

It is currently unclear if Wagner fighters have entered the country but the prominent Wagner-affiliated Telegram channel Grey Zone said on Monday that some 1,500 of its fighters had recently been sent to Africa.

It did not specify where on the continent they had allegedly been deployed.
Wagner's leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin has urged the junta to "give us a call" in a voice message uploaded to Telegram on Tuesday.

"We are always on the side of the good, on the side of justice, and on the side of those who fight for their sovereignty and for the rights of their people," he said.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 01:36:13 PM EST
President of Niger: My country is under attack and I've been taken hostage | WaPo Opinion - by Mohamed Bazoum |

I write this as a hostage. Niger is under attack from a military junta that is trying to overthrow our democracy, and I am just one of hundreds of citizens who have been arbitrarily and illegally imprisoned. 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.

Our government came to power through a "democratic election in 2021". Any attempt to overthrow a lawful government must be opposed ...

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The coup plotters falsely claim that they acted to protect Niger's security. They allege that our war against jihadist terrorists is failing and that my economic and social governance, including partnerships with the United States and Europe, has hurt our country.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 01:37:23 PM EST
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