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Emergency ECOWAS Meeting On Niger Coup Postponed Amid Health Concerns

Emergency ECOWAS meeting on Niger coup postponed amid health concerns of detained President Mohammed Bazoum.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Aug 14, 2023528 Shares40.5K Views
Emergency ECOWAS meeting on Niger coup postponed amid health concernsof detained President Mohammed Bazoum.
The Economic Cooperation of West African Nations (ECOWAS) had planned to discuss strategies for handling the crisis, including the deployment of a standby force. However, the meeting was suspended for "technical reasons."

ECOWAS's Efforts To Restore Constitutional Order

ECOWAS, determined to prevent the sixth military takeover in the region within three years, is taking decisive action to restore constitutional order in Niger.
The organization has imposed measures like cutting financial transactions and electricity supplies, as well as closing borders with the landlocked nation.
These measures have led to significant disruptions in trade and daily lifein Niger, one of the world's poorest countries.
Niger's Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou emphasized that ECOWAS's military option is not a war against the nation or its people.
The military option seriously envisaged by ECOWAS is not a war against Niger and its people but a police operation against hostage-takers and their accomplices.- Niger’s Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou
Instead, it aims to address the hostage-taking situation and bring an end to the crisis through targeted police operations.

Coup Leaders' Political Moves

The coup leaders have formed a 21-member cabinet and held their first meeting. However, their actions have not quelled international concerns over the political stability of the nation.
Detained President Bazoum's healthis raising alarm. Reports suggest that he has been denied necessary medical treatment for his son, who has a serious heart condition.
We know he has been able to see the doctor today, but the situation remains concerning.- Carine Kaneza Nantulya, deputy director in the Africa division at Human Rights Watch (HRW)
The detainees have been without electricity since August 2 and have had no contact with the outside world since August 4.
We know he has been able to see the doctor today, but the situation remains concerning.- Carine Kaneza Nantulya, deputy director in the Africa division at Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Family members and friends were also told that without electricity they had been reduced to eat dry food.- Carine Kaneza Nantulya, deputy director in the Africa division at Human Rights Watch (HRW)
The European Union, African Union, and various world leaders, including the UN's Volker Turk and Germany's Annalena Baerbock, have condemned the conditions of Bazoum's detention.
There are allegations that these conditions amount to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Protests Against ECOWAS And France

Protesters in Niger have expressed their frustration by demonstrating against both the West African bloc ECOWAS and France.
Some protesters accuse ECOWAS of being manipulated by France and have called for French forces to leave the country.
France, a former colonial power, has maintained strong ties with Niger. The recent coup has strained this relationship, leading to the revocation of military cooperation agreements and the suspension of French newsbroadcasts in Niger.
The situation in Niger remains tense as ECOWAS's efforts to restore constitutional order encounter challenges, including the ongoing concerns about President Bazoum's health and the complex geopolitical dynamics at play.

Final Words

The indefinite postponement of an emergency ECOWAS meeting due to concerns over President Bazoum's health highlights the delicate situation in Niger.
ECOWAS's determination to restore constitutional order and its military option emphasize the severity of the crisis.
As international voices condemn the detention conditions and protests intensify against both ECOWAS and France, the country's political future remains uncertain.
The complex interplay of regional dynamics adds to the complexity of resolving the crisis and ensuring stability in Niger.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
Han Ju

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