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France closes Niger embassy after row with military junta

France closes Niger embassy after row with military junta

France is closing its embassy in Niger indefinitely as tensions between the two countries escalate. The embassy says it is “no longer able to function normally or fulfil its missions” due to restrictions imposed by Niger’s military government. Local embassy staff have also been dismissed, former French ambassador Sylvain Itté said in a letter. Niger’s […]

Salif Keïta, ‘Golden Voice of Africa’ supports Mali’s coup leaders

Salif Keïta

Music fans have expressed their shock and Bafflement at the appointment of Mali’s much-beloved Salif Keïta – known as the Golden Voice of Africa as a special adviser to coup leader Col Assimi Goïta. The 73-year-old might be in semi-retirement and eclipsed nowadays by Afrobeats stars, but he was one of the pioneering giants of […]

France defies ultimatum for ambassador to leave Niger


French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed in a defiant speech that France’s Ambassador has remained in Niger despite being given a 48-hour deadline to leave the country last Friday. Ambassador Sylvain Itte had been ordered to go amid rapidly deteriorating bilateral ties. In a major foreign policy speech to Ambassadors gathered in Paris as well […]

Niger: Ghana needs to use diplomacy to get Onions to offset shortage

By Rukiatu Musah A Security Analyst, Dr. Siddiq Edu-Twum, says Ghana needs to use diplomatic means to negotiate for more onions from Niger to augment the shortage in the country. He said a continuation of the ECOWAS and the Military Junta of Niger, if not stopped for dialogue, will continue to lead to food insecurity […]

ECOWAS Chiefs to conclude strategic meeting in Accra today


The meeting of ECOWAS Defence Chiefs taking place in Accra enters day two today. The meeting is expected to come up with a concrete decision on the way forward in the Niger crisis. Defence Chiefs from about 10 ECOWAS countries are attending the Accra meeting. Conspicuously absent are Defence Chiefs from Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, […]

Niger Coup: Military option not the best – Prof Aning


Professor Kwesi Aning, a Security Analyst, has urged the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to use dialogue in addressing the ongoing political crisis in Niger. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Prof Aning noted that ECOWAS’ announcement of the activation and deployment of a standby force to restore […]

NIGER: Accra to host ECOWAS Military Chiefs


Military Chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), are expected to meet in Accra, Ghana, within the week to discuss possible military intervention in Niger. The meeting was called after ECOWAS Leaders last week approved the deployment of a “standby force to restore constitutional order” in Niger, whose elected President was toppled […]

Niger junta says it will prosecute ousted president for treason


Niger’s military leaders have announced plans to prosecute the deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for alleged “high treason” and “undermining the security of the country”, after toppling his democratically elected government in last month’s coup. In a statement read out on national television, the army spokesman, Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane, said they had been gathering evidence against […]

WANEP describes Coup attempt in Niger as hapless


By: Bubu Klinogo  The West Africa Network for Peace building, WANEP has described the purported Coup d’etat in Niger as an unfortunate development.  The National Network Coordinator, Albert Yelyang said even though there are issues of governance in Niger, a military takeover is not an option.  He expressed the fear that if care is not […]

Niger guards blockade President Mohamed Bazoum’s palace – reports


Soldiers in Niger have blockaded the presidential palace, as well as several ministries in the capital, Niamey, according to reports. No shots were fired and it’s not clear if this is an attempt by the presidential guard to seize power. The president’s office tweeted that the guards unsuccessfully tried to get support from the military […]