Abdourahmane Tchiani, head of Niger’s presidential guard, has been named head of a transitional authorities within the West African nation, two days after his unit overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum.
The announcement was made on Friday on state-run tv, which stated Tchiani had been named “president of the Nationwide Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland”.
The 62-year-old basic, who was drafted to guide the elite unit in 2015, is from Niger’s western area of Tillaberi, a primary recruitment space for the military. He stays a detailed ally of former President Mahamadou Issoufou – the politician who led the nation till 2021.
Tchiani reportedly led the resistance to a thwarted coup try in March 2021, when a navy unit tried to grab the presidential palace days earlier than Bazoum, who had simply been elected, was resulting from be sworn in.
His unit on Wednesday detained Bazoum within the presidential palace within the capital, Niamey, frightening a flurry of condemnation from leaders inside Africa and past.
Colonel Amadou Abdramane, spokesperson of the Nigerien military, said on state TV on Wednesday that safety forces had determined to “put an finish to the regime that you realize as a result of deteriorating safety scenario and unhealthy governance”.
Abdramane stated Niger’s borders are closed, a nationwide curfew declared, and all establishments of the republic are suspended. The troopers warned towards any international intervention, including that they may respect Bazoum’s wellbeing.
Hours later, a defiant Bazoum had stated the nation’s “hard-won features” in establishing democracy can be protected.
“All Nigeriens who love democracy and freedom would need this,” he stated early on Thursday on the social platform X, previously often known as Twitter.
The coup is the fifth successful one within the landlocked nation because it gained independence from France.
But it surely was additionally the fifth – after two apiece in Burkina Faso and Mali – in West Africa in three years, resurrecting the moniker “coup belt” for the area amid fears of implications for the safety of the larger Sahel, one of many world’s most unstable areas in recent times.
It is a growing story. Extra particulars to observe.