ECOWAS Deadline Approaches: Final Hours Before A Possible Military Intervention in Niger


As the ECOWAS Deadline Approaches, pressures have mounted on Niger's coup leaders by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS for the military to relinquish control or face possible armed intervention. 

Pressure from the international community is mounting on the coup plotters who have seized power in Niger, just hours before the ultimatum issued by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to expire on Sunday.  

On July 30, four days after the attempted coup d'├ętat against elected president Mohamed Bazoum, ECOWAS gave the coup plotters seven days, i.e., until Sunday evening, to restore him to office or face possible military intervention. 

Niger's new military junta has asked for help from the Russian Wagner group as the deadline nears. 

Several West African armies, including Senegal and the Ivory Coast, have said they are ready to send soldiers, according to a source close to the Ivorian delegation in Abuja, who did not specify the number of men that might be deployed. 

Mali and Burkina Faso, which are led by junta governments, have warned that they will stand by their neighbour Niger.

-France24

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