Niger President Mohamed Bazoum

The Sahel’s latest coup claims to have ousted Bazoum in Niger

Issue 489 - 28 Jul 2023 - By Marc Howard | 3 minute read

Nigerien military officers have sought to oust key western ally President Mohamed Bazoum in a 26 July putsch that has implications for regional stability and the fight against jihadism in the Sahel.

In the West, Bazoum has been seen to be leading a reforming administration that is intent on fighting the regional Islamist insurgency and pushing back against malign Russian influence.

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