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Niger Republic Junta Agrees to Transition Back to Civilian Rule

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The military junta in Niger Republic has agreed to a transition plan to return the nation to civilian control, marking a pivotal moment after months of military rule. The breakthrough was announced on Thursday by the chief diplomat from mediator Togo, Foreign Minister Robert Dussey.

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Addressing the nation on Niger’s television, Dussey revealed that an agreement on the “content and timing of the transition” had been reached with the junta-appointed Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine and Foreign Minister Bakary Yaou Sangare. The transition plan is now set to be presented to a regional bloc, including the heads of state and the ECOWAS Commission (Economic Community of West African States).

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This development follows the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum in July by soldiers led by General Abdourahamane Tiani, citing reasons of “bad governance and worsening security.” The coup triggered widespread condemnation and sanctions from ECOWAS, calling for a swift return to democratic governance.

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In a related move, the ECOWAS Court of Justice, sitting in Abuja, issued a landmark ruling ordering Niger’s military government to reinstate President Bazoum, citing arbitrary detention. The judge, Gberi-Be Ouattara, emphasized the need for Bazoum’s immediate and unconditional release.

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The court decision comes after Bazoum, detained at home since the coup in July, filed a lawsuit seeking his freedom on September 16. In November, the Nigerien military government sought to lift the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS through a court suit, but the request was denied in December.

As Niger anticipates a return to constitutional order and civilian rule, the international community watches closely, hoping for stability and the restoration of democratic principles in the West African nation. Stay tuned for further updates on this evolving story.

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