Five countries absent as ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet in Abuja

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Defence Staff Meet in Abuja to Address Niger’s Political Crisis

High-level military representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convened in Abuja to discuss the escalating political crisis in Niger. The emergency meeting was called in the aftermath of a coup d’état that saw the elected government of President Mohammed Bazoum being overthrown by soldiers.

The gathering, attended by 10 countries, including , , , , , , , , , and , aims to deliberate on strategies to address the situation in Niger effectively. Notably absent from the meeting were representatives from , Niger, , , and .

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The political upheaval in Niger has drawn serious concerns from the international community. On Sunday, ECOWAS leaders imposed sanctions on Niger and issued a stern warning that they may resort to the use of force to reinstate the ousted President Bazoum. In an effort to resolve the crisis, ECOWAS granted the junta in Niger a week to relinquish power and allow President Bazoum to resume his duties.

In response to the pressure from ECOWAS, the junta in Niger conveyed a defiant message, vowing to resist any aggression from the regional bloc or any Western power. This heightened rhetoric has further complicated the efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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The unfolding situation in Niger remains a major concern for ECOWAS and the international community as it poses a threat to regional stability and democracy. The meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Staff in Abuja reflects the seriousness of the situation and the collective commitment of ECOWAS member states to address the crisis promptly.

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The outcome of the meeting is yet to be disclosed, but it is evident that ECOWAS is actively seeking ways to resolve the crisis and restore democracy in Niger.

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The international community is closely monitoring the situation and remains hopeful for a peaceful resolution that upholds the democratic principles in the region. As the situation continues to evolve, the world watches with bated breath for updates from the ECOWAS leaders and the latest developments in Niger’s political landscape.

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