Two days after the attempted coup, the new head of state was sworn in on Friday.
Niger’s president-elect, Mohamed Bazum, was sworn in on Friday two days later in the midst of the crisis in Niamey on April 2 “Attempted coup” Because the country has suffered the worst jihadist attacks in recent years. Several African heads of state will attend the swearing-in ceremony held by Mohamed Bazoum, a close friend of outgoing President Mahmadou Issuf.
Switch between MM. Issoufou and Bazoum are the first of two democratically elected presidents marked by a coup in the country’s history. In the jihad in the Sahel, including Niger, the privileged partners are represented by his Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian.
At the age of 61, Mr. Bazoum received more than 55% of the votes in the second round of the presidential election on February 21, against former President Mahaman Osman, who did not admit his failure to end the election and called for “Peaceful demonstration”.
The government said that the unveiling ceremony at the Niamey International Conference Center was held shortly after the “attempted coup.” On the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, armed soldiers invaded the residence and office area of the Presidential Palace in Niamey, but they were repelled by the Presidential Guard after the exchange of fire, especially with heavy weapons.a lot of “People are connected with this coup attempt” already “Be questioned and actively seek out others”According to the government.
Niger’s history is characterized by political change. Niger is one of the Sahel countries and the poorest country in the world in the most deadly recent attack by jihadists. Since the former French colony became independent in 1960, there have been four countries: the first faced President Diori Hamani in April 1974, and the second overthrew President Mahamadou Tandja in February 2010. Not to mention many coup attempts.
Mohamed Bazoum (Mohamed Bazoum) will immediately face the organization of Al-Qaida and Islamic State (which borders Mali and Burkina Faso to the west) and the Nigerian group Boko Haram’s regular activities in the country. The great challenge of the jihadist attack is in its east, bordering Nigeria.
Since the beginning of this year, attacks on civilians have increased: more than 300 people have been killed in three rounds of attacks on villages and settlements in the western part of the country. The last large-scale attack occurred on March 21 in the Tahoua area, killing 141 people in three villages and surrounding camps in Tuareg.
Into one Recent interviews with RFI and France 24Mr. Bazum ruled out any dialogue with the jihadists, believing that the situation in his country is different from Mali. “We cannot envisage any dialogue, because there is no leader of a jihadist organization in Niger, nor a jihadist base in our territory.”, He said.