Niger's Ruling Junta Ends Military Cooperation with Benin

Innoventia Africa – The ruling junta in Niger has ended military cooperation with neighboring Benin after the latter backed a West African force that is threatening to intervene in the country.

The junta’s spokesman, Amadou Abdramane, said in a statement on public broadcaster Tele Sahel late Tuesday that Benin had “authorized the deployment of troops and military equipment as part of preparations for an intervention.” He added that Benin’s actions “amount to an attack against Niger.”

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has threatened to intervene in Niger following the July 26 coup d’état that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

ECOWAS has imposed heavy sanctions on Niger, including the freezing of the country’s assets and the closure of its borders.

The junta has accused ECOWAS of meddling in Niger’s internal affairs and has vowed to resist any foreign intervention. The junta also said that it is committed to holding free and fair elections in the near future. It proposed a three-year transitional period that was rejected by ECOWAS and the West.

The decision by the junta to end military cooperation with Benin is a significant escalation of the crisis in Niger. It remains to be seen how Benin will respond to the junta’s move.

By Felix Tih

 

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