African Union Suspends Niger Following Military Coup

The African Union (AU), in a definitive response to recent political upheaval, has suspended Niger from all its organizational activities.

by Faruk Imamovic
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African Union Suspends Niger Following Military Coup
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The African Union (AU), in a definitive response to recent political upheaval, has suspended Niger from all its organizational activities. This decision comes in the wake of the military coup that transpired on July 26. The coup leaders, who unseated the elected President Muhammad Bazum, have been sternly advised to free him immediately and instruct their troops to return to their respective barracks.

AU's stance has been clear and unwavering in its condemnation of unconstitutional changes of government. Its message to the coup leaders is crystal: the restoration of the democratic order is non-negotiable.

ECOWAS: Diplomacy First, but Prepared for Intervention

In addition to the AU's measures, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is closely monitoring the situation.

While the regional body has always prioritized diplomatic channels, it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of military intervention. The Peace and Security Council of the AU, recognizing the potential gravity of such an intervention, has tasked the African Union Commission with evaluating the economic, social, and security consequences tied to deploying forces.

ECOWAS had earlier declared its willingness to deploy troops to Niger, but only if diplomatic endeavors to restore democracy prove futile. This strategic dual approach aligns with the African Union’s emphasis on regional actors playing the central role in resolving continental crises.

On a hopeful note, ECOWAS mediator and former Nigerian military leader, Abdulsalami Abubakar, shared insights from his recent mission to Niger. Labeling the trip as "very fruitful," he voiced optimism regarding a peaceful resolution.

"Nobody wants to go to war," Abubakar said, highlighting the preliminary dialogues with the junta. His reflections post his discussion with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu were cautiously optimistic, "We started talking. They (the junta) have made their own points.

We'll get somewhere hopefully."

A Call for Global Respect of Sovereign Decisions

Amidst the political maelstrom, the African Union has made a fervent appeal to its member states and the larger international community. The message is clear: abstain from any actions that might inadvertently provide legitimacy to Niger’s junta.

In a world where external interferences often aggravate domestic political disputes, the AU's proclamation underscores its dedication to African solutions for African problems, rejecting undue influence by non-African entities.

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