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Niger’s coup threatens to spark wider violence

By Charlotte Lawson

08 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Last weekend, a deadline set by a group of West African countries for a junta to end its takeover of Niger passed without military action. But concern is growing that the latest regime to come to power in Africa’s “coup belt” will hurl the region into wider conflict and fuel jihadist violence.

The deadline a bloc of West African countries had set for a junta to end its takeover of Niger passed without military action last weekend. But concern is growing that the latest regime to come to power in Africa’s “coup belt”—this time overthrowing a key U.S. ally—will hurl the region into wider conflict and fuel jihadist violence.

The coup began in late July when Niger’s military, led by presidential guard head Gen. Omar Tchiani, announced it had overtaken the government to “put an end to the regime that you know due to the deteriorating security situation and bad governance.” The ousted President Mohamed Bazoum remained under house arrest with his family as of Sunday afternoon, reportedly without electricity, water, or cellular connection.

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