Niger on the brink as neighbours threaten to respond to coup with force

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Issue 489 - 04 Aug 2023 - By Marc Howard | 8 minute read

Strategically important Niger is at a crossroads after the coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, with events quickly deteriorating to the extent that Ecowas has threatened force to reinstate democratic rule, while France and the US are anxious to ensure their key regional military base doesn’t follow other Sahel states by falling into the Russian camp, writes Marc Howard.

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