Niger expels French ambassador, tensions ramping up

ER Editor: Some informed, clever analysts are wondering if France is being kicked out to make way for the US, citing the American military training background of at least one of the Niger coup leaders. Or is it a paradigm shift taking place, away from the West’s involvement in Africa? We’re watching for both options.

It seems that several ambassadors are being kicked out of Niger, not just the French ambassador, Sylvain Itte.

A reminder that the BRICS Summit took place this week, with an announcement of expansion, by 6 new members. Trump gave a much-watched interview and ended up with a widely-distributed mugshot for the 4th politicized indictment and arrest, the first ever for a President past or present. Prigozhin allegedly died in a plane crash. 



Here are some updates —


🔴 Niger’s Chief of Staff has ordered the country’s military forces to be placed on maximum alert.

Earlier, the Niger Ministry of Foreign Affairs had demanded that French ambassador Sylvain Itte leave the country within the next two days.

The rebels also demanded that the ambassadors of the USA, Germany and Nigeria leave the country. The diplomatic representatives of these countries have been given two days to meet this demand.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in turn, rejected the rebels’ demand, pointing out that ambassadorial clearance is issued exclusively by Niger’s legitimate authorities.

✅ It should be noted that ECOWAS has declared itself ready for military intervention in the situation in Niger should diplomatic efforts fail.

Translation: Expulsion of French ambassador @SylvainItte from Niger: “France does not recognize the authority of the putschists, and rejects the 48-hour ultimatum”


Niger expels French ambassador

Niamey cited hostile actions by Paris, as it braces for a possible attack by ECOWAS


The military government of Niger on Friday gave French Ambassador Sylvain Itte 48 hours to leave the country. The Nigerien Foreign Ministry justified the decision by Itte not responding to their invitation to a meeting and “other actions of the French Government contra the interests of Niger.”

Niger expels French ambassador


The ambassador’s expulsion comes a month after the military of the former French colony, led by Brigadier General Abdourahamane Tchiani, ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. In response, 11 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sanctioned Niger and threatened a military intervention to “restore democracy.”

Guinea declined to go along with the sanctions, while neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso said they would consider such an intervention an act of war against them. Late on Thursday, Niger authorized the two neighbors to come to its defense should ECOWAS invade.

“The three countries have agreed to grant each other facilities for mutual assistance in matters of defense and security in the event of aggression or terrorist attacks,” said a joint statement by their foreign ministries.

Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop and his Burkinabe colleague Olivia Rouamba also condemned the “illegal, illegitimate, and inhumane” sanctions imposed on Niger by ECOWAS and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).

Omar Alieu Touray, the ECOWAS Commission president, told AP that the sanctions have resulted in “serious socio-economic crises” in the country, but were “for the interest of the people of Niger.”  (ER: sure)

ECOWAS has repeatedly announced final plans for a military intervention, while continuing to send diplomatic missions to Niamey. On Thursday, a delegation of Islamic leaders was dispatched to Niger by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who also chairs the bloc.

Earlier this week, General Tchiani outlined a proposal to return to civilian rule that would take “no longer than three years,” but warned neighbors and France not to interfere in Niger’s internal affairs.

ECOWAS rejected the offer, demanding the immediate reinstatement of Bazoum. Touray told AP on Friday that the military option was “still on the table.” 





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