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Former Nigerien President Warns Against Military Intervention in Coup-Plagued Country

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Former Nigerien President Opposes Potential Military Intervention

Former Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou believes that a potential military intervention in the coup-plagued country would be a mistake. He expressed his concerns about the human and material consequences that such an intervention could have, stating that it would lead to long-term instability. Issoufou emphasized the importance of a negotiated solution to ensure a rapid return to a stable democratic system.

Coup and International Response

In July, the Nigerien army announced the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum from power and the establishment of the National Council for the Defense of the Fatherland. The coup was condemned by leaders of Western countries and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In response, an emergency meeting of the Chiefs of General Staff of the ECOWAS countries was held in Nigeria, where a plan for military intervention in Niger was adopted.

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Importance of Negotiated Solution

Issoufou, who served as Niger’s president for two terms, emphasized that a negotiated solution is crucial to achieving a stable democratic system. He expressed confidence in the wisdom of the heads of state and members of the ECOWAS in preventing the mistake of external military intervention.

Niger’s Significance as a Former French Colony

Niger, a former French colony, holds strategic importance in the Sahel region. The country possesses significant uranium reserves, which are essential for France’s energy production. French media reported that Niger contributes approximately 15% to 17% of the uranium used for electricity generation in France. Currently, there are French soldiers deployed in Niger and Chad to maintain security.

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