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West African leaders have threatened military action against Niger’s military junta after it took power in a coup last week
The leaders gave the junta seven days to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum, who is being held captive.
Earlier, the junta warned it would resist any “plan of aggression against Niger” by regional or Western powers.
Meanwhile hundreds of coup supporters protested outside the French embassy in the capital Niamey.
Leaders from Ecowas, the bloc of West African nations, held crisis talks in Nigeria on Sunday to discuss the latest coup – which follows army takeovers in neighbouring Mali and Burkina Faso.
A statement read out after the summit said that Ecowas had “zero tolerance” for coups. The regional bloc would “take all measures necessary to restore constitutional order” if its demands were not met within a week.
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WNU editor: Niger’s military leaders have issued a warning against their international opponents …. Niger coup leaders warn against ‘military intervention’ by ECOWAS (Al Jazeera).
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