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Vol 64 No 17

Published 24th August 2023


Niamey's junta thumbs its nose

Beyond ignoring military threats and reshuffling the army command, the ruling generals lack a strategy

In another show of insouciance, the Niamey junta named a new team of ministers a few hours before West African leaders met in Abuja on 10 August to discuss how to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum and restore constitutional rule. It has since emerged that the junta leaders had told United States Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on 7 August that they would kill Bazoum if neighbouring states tried to intervene militarily.

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