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Niger Coup: ECOWAS leaders to meet Thursday after expiration of deadline to junta

The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will reconvene on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Niger Republic.

ECOWAS made the announcement on Monday, a day after its deadline to the military junta in Niger to reinstate the ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

The military regime, which declared their Commander General, Abdourahamane Tchiani, the new head of state, has vowed not to bow to outside pressure.

It also warned against foreign intervention, vowing to defend the territorial integrity of Niger.

On Friday, military chiefs of some West African countries said they had agreed on a plan for possible military intervention in the event push for a diplomatic solution failed.

The chiefs of defence staff from Togo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Cote D’ivoire, Cabo Verde and the Republic of Benin held the meeting in Abuja.

ECOWAS had last week sent a high-powered delegation to broker peace with the coup leaders but their representatives met with the team led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

The coup leaders have not issued any statement on the deadline yet.

 

 

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