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Ousted FM Massoudou talks legitimacy to France24 and RFI

Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massoudou, a close ally of Bazoum, said the deposed president was being "held hostage" by the military junta that has seized power in the impoverished West African nation.

Speaking from neighbouring Nigeria, where he sought refuge in the wake of the coup, Massoudou condemned the putschists' announcement that they would prosecute Bazoum for treason, saying the junta had "no legitimacy to try anyone".

"These people who carried out this coup, this corrupt act we're witnessing ... they cannot pretend to have the moral status to put anyone on trial."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 16th, 2023 at 11:16:33 AM EST

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