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General News of Monday, 25 September 2023


Coup: Nigeriens celebrate sovereignty, French troops to vacate Niger

Niger coup leader, General Abdourahamane Tchiani Niger coup leader, General Abdourahamane Tchiani

The military junta in the Niger Republic expressed happiness over France’s decision to pull its troops out of the country by the end of the year as “a new step towards sovereignty.”

The jubilation came hours after French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced on Sunday that Paris would soon withdraw its ambassador from Niger, followed by its military contingent in the coming months.

A statement from the country’s military rulers who seized power in late July by overthrowing President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26 read, “This marks a historic moment that reflects the resolve and determination of the Nigerien people. This Sunday, we celebrate a new step towards the sovereignty of Niger,”

“The French troops and the ambassador of France will leave Nigerien soil by the end of the year.”

Earlier Sunday, before Macron’s announcement, the body regulating aviation safety in Africa, announced that Niger’s military rulers had banned “French aircraft” from flying over the country’s airspace.