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‘We are at the end of corruption and economic misgovernment’ – Niger’s new leader General Tiani

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« President of the National Council for the Defence of the Fatherland (CNSP) and Head of State General Abdourahaman Tiani gave an interview to the national television RTN in Niamey, on Saturday, talking about the reasons for the coup d’état, relations with other countries and the plans of the new authorities.
« We are at the end of corruption and economic misgovernment, God willing. In any case, we are not going to betray the country or the people. Justice will do its job, » Tiani emphasised.
According to General Tiani, Paris was the initiator of ‘breaking off cultural and academic cooperation’ with Niger. « France is not the only country in the world and it’s not only in France that Nigeriens go to study and that we visit, so it’s up to them, » he sad.
Commenting on relations with ECOWAS countries, Tiani said that « Relations between the peoples of our countries are still very good, they will not disappear, the peoples of our countries are not in conflict, but it is the politicians who are. »
The military coup in Niger on July 26 saw President Mohamed Bazoum overthrown and presidential guard leader General Abdourahamane Tchiani installed as head of state.
The West African bloc ECOWAS called for Bazoum’s release and a return to constitutional order, imposing sanctions and threatening military intervention, while the US, EU and others have condemned the coup.
However, huge protests in support of the military were seen on the streets of Niamey, while neighbouring Mali and Burkina have warned that any intervention by other West African nations would be a ‘declaration of war’ against them too.
It represents the fifth coup since the country gained independence from France in 1960, and the seventh military takeover in West and Central Africa in under three years. »

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