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Hundreds rally in Niger’s capital to push for US military departure

Niamey, Niger Reuters Hundreds took to the streets of Niger’s capital on Saturday to demand the departure of US troops, after the ruling junta further shifted its strategy by ending a military accord with the United States and welcoming Russian military instructors. Marching arm in arm through central Niamey, the crowd waved Nigerien flags in […]

Niger junta says it will prosecute ousted president for treason

Niger's junta supporters take part in a demonstration in front of a French army base in Niamey, Niger, on 11th August, 2023.

Niamey. NigerReuters The military junta that seized power in Niger in a coup last month has said it will prosecute ousted President Mohamed Bazoum for high treason over his exchanges with foreign heads of state and international organisations. The United States, United Nations and West African leaders condemned the move, calling it a further sign […]

Niger’s citizens undaunted as deadline to reverse coup expires

Supporters of Niger's coup leaders take part in a rally at a stadium in Niamey, Niger, on 6th August, 2023.

Niamey, Niger Reuters Thousands of supporters of Niger’s coup leaders flocked to a stadium in the capital Niamey on Sunday, apparently undaunted by the threat of military intervention from West Africa’s regional bloc as its ultimatum to reinstate the President expires. On Niamey’s streets there were also sporadic displays of support for the junta, which […]

Food prices soar after sanctions on coup-hit Niger

A general view shows traffic on streets of Niamey, Niger, on 2nd August, 2023.

Niamey, NigerReuters Shoppers in Niger’s coup-hit capital Niamey face soaring prices for basic foods since the military takeover triggered trade sanctions from West African neighbours.  At one rain-drenched market, customer Ibou Kane said a sack of rice had gone up by more than a third to around 15,000 CFA francs ($US25) since the coup prompted […]

Niger junta supporters protest sanctions as region considers intervention

Niger - Niamey - pro-coup protestors

Niamey, Niger/Abuja, NigeriaReuters Hundreds of supporters of Niger’s junta marched in the capital Niamey on Thursday to protest against West African sanctions, as regional defence chiefs discussed possible intervention to restore democracy. General Abdourahamane Tiani, the former head of Niger’s presidential guard, confined President Mohamed Bazoum to his residence last Wednesday and declared himself head […]

West Africa threatens force on Niger coup leaders, French embassy attacked

Pro-junta demonstrators gathered outside the French embassy, try to set it on fire before being dispersed by Nigerian security forces in Niamey, the capital city of Niger, on 30th July, 2023.

NIamey, Niger/Abuja, NigeriaReuters West African nations imposed sanctions and threatened force on Sunday if Niger’s coup leaders fail to reinstate ousted President Mohammed Bazoum within a week, while supporters of the junta attacked the French embassy in Niamey.  The 15-nation ECOWAS bloc’s response to the Sahel region’s seventh coup of recent years came as crowds […]

Niger military council takes over, US says room for diplomacy remains

An aerial view of traffic on a street in the capital Niamey, Niger, on 28th July, 2023.

Niamey, NigerReuters Leaders of a coup in Niger declared General Abdourahamane Tiani as the new head of state on Friday days after saying they had ousted President Mohamed Bazoum in the seventh military takeover in West and Central Africa in less than three years. African countries, Western powers and regional and international organisations have voiced […]

Countries urge return to order in Niger day after coup

Hundreds of supporters of the coup gather and hold a Russian flag in front of the National Assembly in the capital Niamey, Niger, on 27th July, 2023.

Updated: 11:40am (AEST)Niamey, NigerReuters Niger President Mohamed Bazoum remained held in the presidential palace on Thursday afternoon and it was unclear who had taken charge of the country, after soldiers on Wednesday evening declared a military coup. France, the country’s former colonial power, and the West African regional bloc ECOWAS called for Bazoum’s immediate release […]

Updated: Niger soldiers say President Bazoum’s government has been removed

Niger Army spokesman Colonel Major Amadou Adramane speaks during an appearance on national television, after President Mohamed Bazoum was held in the presidential palace, in Niamey, Niger, on 26th July, 2023 in this still image taken from video.

Updated: 10:50am, 27th July, 2023 (AEST)Niamey, NigerReuters Niger President Mohamed Bazoum has been removed from power, according to a group of soldiers who appeared on the West African nation’s national television late on Wednesday, hours after the president was held in the presidential palace. Reading from a statement, Colonel Amadou Abdramane, seated and flanked by […]

French, US hostages released after years of captivity in West Africa

French journalist Olivier Dubois, who has been held hostage in the West Africa Sahel for nearly two years, and US aid worker Jeffery Woodke who was held hostage for over six years listen to Niger's Interior Minister Hamadou Adamou Souley after they were released in Niamey, Niger, on 20th March 2023.

Niamey, Niger/Washington, DC Reuters French journalist Olivier Dubois was hugged by emotional reporters at a briefing in Niger on Monday announcing the release of him and US aid worker Jeffery Woodke who had been held hostage in West Africa for years by Islamist militants. Dubois was kidnapped in Mali in 2021, while Woodke was kidnapped […]