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Niger Junta Expels French Ambassador, Straining Diplomatic Ties

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Niger Junta Expels French Ambassador, Straining Diplomatic Ties

The military leadership of the nation removed President Mohamed Bazoum from power on July 26th.

Niger’s junta has demanded the departure of France’s envoy from the country within the next 48 hours, as stated by the foreign ministry on Friday, August 25th.

The official statement outlined that the decision to expel Ambassador Sylvain Itte was made partially due to his refusal to attend a scheduled meeting with Niger’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the same day.

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The statement further mentioned “actions by the French government that are not in line with Niger’s interests,” although specific details were not provided.

The military leadership of the nation removed President Mohamed Bazoum from power on July 26th.

In early August, the junta announced its intention to cancel various military collaboration agreements with France, which had been established under the previously ousted President.

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Multiple entities, including France, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the United Nations, have called for the reinstatement of President Bazoum.

However, the junta has instead installed a new government and outlined plans to restore democratic governance within a span of 3 years.

The Niamey regime has accused the French government of plotting a military intervention to restore Bazoum to power. Additionally, they have asserted that the West African regional organization ECOWAS is under the influence of France.

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Notably, France holds a historical position as Niger’s former colonial ruler.

Responding to security challenges in the Sahel region, France has deployed 1,500 troops to support President Bazoum’s efforts in countering terrorism that has significantly destabilized the area.

Buhari Olanrewaju Ahmed, a seasoned investigative journalist and climate/environmental reporter with a decade of experience, unravels complex issues and amplifies critical voices. His in-depth investigative work and insightful reporting have earned him recognition as a trusted source of information. Ahmed's unwavering commitment to journalism and exceptional storytelling prowess make him a standout figure in investigative journalism. His work drives meaningful conversations, influences policy decisions, and inspires collective efforts toward a sustainable future.

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