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Algeria says Niger accepts its mediation offer to restore constitutional order

October 2, 2023 at 3:18 pm

Supporters of the military administration in Niger storm French military air base as they demand French soldiers to leave the country in Niamey, Niger on 27 August, 2023 [Balima Boureima – Anadolu Agency]

Algeria said, Monday, the military administration in Niger has accepted its offer of mediation to restore constitutional order in the West African country, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The Algerian government received from Niger’s Foreign Ministry an official correspondence stating the acceptance of Algeria’s mediation aimed at developing a political solution to the existing crisis in this brotherly country,” the Algerian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Algeria said, in late August, that it had proposed a six-month transitional period led by a civilian to solve the crisis in Niger.

Niger plunged into turmoil on 26 July, when Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, a former Commander of the Presidential Guard, led a military intervention that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum.

Bazoum was elected in 2021 in Niger’s first democratic power transition since it gained independence from French colonial rule in 1960.

Algeria opposes military intervention in Niger and has campaigned against any military action in the West African country.

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