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Ousted president Mohamed Bazoum is isolated within his own country, lost allegiance of the Armed Forces and the masses ... time to take away his iPhone or whatever Blackberry he is carrying. Many leaders have  been confronted by losing power to a military or subversive force ... ask the US Central Intelligence Agency, MI-6 or French DGSE.

Niger: President Mohamed Bazoum calls on US for help after coup | BBC News - 4 Aug. 2023 |

Niger's ousted leader has urged the US and "entire international community" to help "restore... constitutional order" after last week's coup.

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, [ousted] President Mohamed Bazoum said he was writing "as a hostage".

He also warned that the region could fall further under Russian influence, via the Wagner Group which already operates in neighbouring countries.

Niger's West African neighbours have threatened military intervention.

Defence chiefs from the region finished a three-day meeting in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Friday saying they had drawn up a detailed plan for the use of force for leaders from the regional bloc Ecowas to consider.

"All the elements that will go into any eventual intervention have been worked out here, including the resources needed, the how and when we are going deploy the force," Abdel-Fatau Musah, Ecowas commissioner for political affairs, peace and security said.

Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu on Friday wrote to lawmakers seeking their support for the sanctions and military action. His letter included a reference to a "military build-up and deployment of personnel".

On Thursday, the coup leaders announced they were withdrawing the country's ambassadors from France, the US, Nigeria and Togo.

In a statement read out on national television, they said the functions of the four ambassadors had been "terminated".

The junta also announced it was cutting bilateral military ties with former colonial power France. The country currently has around 1,500 troops in Niger and has been part of a force combating Islamist militancy.

France has responded by saying that only "legitimate" governments could alter agreements.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 16th, 2023 at 01:56:06 PM EST

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