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NIAMEY, Niger – August 6, 2023: Mohamed Toumba, one of many main figures of the Nationwide Council for the Safety of the Fatherland, attends the demonstration of coup supporters and greets them at a stadium within the capital metropolis of Niger. The 7-day deadline given by Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) to the army junta on July 30 for the discharge and reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazum expired at midnight.

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Niger’s coup leaders on Monday closed its airspace after an ultimatum from the Financial Neighborhood of West African States to reinstate elected President Mohamed Bazoum expired on Sunday night time.

The army junta calling itself the Nationwide Council for the Safeguarding of the Fatherland seized energy on July 26 and detained Bazoum, with the commander of the nation’s presidential guard, Normal Abdourahmane Tchiani, proclaiming himself the nation’s new chief.

The coup was broadly condemned by the worldwide neighborhood, together with the U.S., the European Union, Russia and former colonial energy France, together with Nigerian-led regional physique ECOWAS, which additionally sanctioned the junta.

Many overseas international locations have already begun evacuating embassy workers and residents from Niger, whereas the likes of the U.S. and U.Ok. have partially suspended assist packages.

The 15-member ECOWAS gave the army junta one week to return the elected authorities to energy and restore constitutional order, threatening the usage of power if its calls for weren’t heeded.

Because the Sunday night time deadline loomed, hundreds of Nigeriens gathered at a stadium within the capital Niamey to indicate assist for the coup leaders, whereas rallying in opposition to France and different Western powers and voicing admiration for Russia.

NIAMEY, NIGER – JULY 30: Coup supporters take to the streets after the military seized energy in Niamey, Niger on July 30, 2023. (Photograph by Balima Boureima/Anadolu Company through Getty Photos)

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In a press release on nationwide tv on Sunday, a spokesman for the Niger junta repeated claims {that a} “overseas energy” was making ready army intervention, and stated the nation’s army stands prepared to reply.

ECOWAS defence chiefs met late final week to attract up plans for a attainable army response, and Abdel-Fatau Musah, commissioner for political affairs, peace and safety, stated on Friday that the bloc’s heads of state will make a closing resolution.

“All the weather that can go into any eventual intervention have been labored out right here, together with the assets wanted, the how and when we’re going to deploy the power,” Musah stated on the shut of the three-day assembly in Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who additionally serves as chair of ECOWAS, despatched a letter to the senate on Friday, asking members to again a regional intervention within the neighboring nation, in accordance with native media stories.

There have been no aircrafts seen over Nigerien airspace on Monday, in accordance with FlightRadar24, which stated in a weblog submit that flights already within the air when the airspace closed had been rerouted or diverted. It added that the no-fly order is more likely to be prolonged past the preliminary Monday night time expiry.

“The closure of Niger’s airspace dramatically widens the world over which most industrial flights between Europe and southern Africa can’t fly. Flights should already take a detour of types round Libya and Sudan,” the flight tracker stated.

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