Coup in Niger. The rulers are hardening their position and do not like the delegation

“In the current climate of anger and agitation among citizens as a result of the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS, it is impossible to receive the delegation with the necessary peace and security,” the letter to the ECOWAS representative in Niamey reads.

In late July, a military coup overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Bassum and the legitimate government. On Monday evening, coup leaders installed a new prime minister, Ali Mahamane Lamine Sain, a member of the ousted Nigerian government in 2010.

Despite international pressure on Niger’s military regime to relinquish power, the decision to appoint a new prime minister indicates that the military will try to maintain leadership in the West African country, France24 writes. Correspondent James Andre wrote that the military junta was “asserting its power…trying to send a message that it is building a government around itself.”

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