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What is happening in Niger, and how could the coup there affect the region?

By Miriam Berger

08 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The Washington Post has published this summary of the events in Niger. The coup has raised concerns about the West's diminishing influence in Africa and the fate of two US military bases in Niger.

Russia and the Wagner mercenary group have "tried to take advantage" of instability in Niger, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Tuesday, two weeks into a bloodless military coup that ousted Niger's U.S.-allied president.

The uranium-rich, landlocked West Africa country is located in a region beset by military coups, poverty and Islamist extremism. Last month's coup was the country's fifth since it gained independence from France in 1960. Washington - worried about the West's waning influence in Africa and two U.S. military bases in Niger - has called for the restoration of democracy and paused security coordination and financial aid.

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