There isn’t a doubt that the French place was and nonetheless is the hardest internationally within the face of the navy coup that befell in Niger late final month.
“French and Nigerian sources” confirmed that Paris was about to intervene militarily, however backed down on the final second.
So what occurred?
Some knowledgeable sources revealed that Hasoumi Massoudou, who was the international minister within the authorities of Niger earlier than the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum, signed a doc giving France permission to launch a navy operation to liberate Bazoum hours after his overthrow, in line with the French newspaper Le Monde.
In that doc, it was said that the reputable authorities “enable the French companion to hold out strikes concentrating on the presidential palace with the goal of liberating the President of the Republic of Niger who’s being held hostage.”
The commander of the Nationwide Guard, Mido Guero, within the identify of the Nigerian Chief of Workers, Abdou Siddigo Issa, additionally signed an analogous doc, as a result of France stipulated that any request for its intervention be in writing.
A demonstrator holds an image of Mohamed Bazoum, the ousted president of Niger (AFP)
Then the 2 sides started to organize for a navy motion, whereas Abd al-Rahman Tiani, the chief of the group that overthrew Bazoum, was holding talks within the first hours after the coup with former President Muhammad Issoufou, who intervened as a mediator, and the latter additionally spoke with Bazoum, however he was unable to influence Tiani to launch the person who overthrew him. simply but.
However all of a sudden, most of them joined the navy group that overthrew Bazoum and appeared in entrance of the media throughout the announcement of the formation of the “Nationwide Council for the Safety of the Homeland.”
French forces arrived
In flip, a type of near Bazoum confirmed that the French had begun to organize for some motion, and it was nonetheless attainable for issues to show round in favor of the reputable authorities, and French forces had already arrived on the Nationwide Guard Basic Command constructing in Niamey at 4 within the morning on Thursday on the twenty-seventh of July, that’s, hours later. From the coup on the twenty-sixth of it, and these forces consisted of greater than ten navy autos and quite a lot of helicopters that had been prepared for navy motion.
The identical supply added that the French knowledgeable the circle surrounding the ousted president that they had been totally ready to provoke a course of that might return him to energy with out exposing him to any hurt throughout the course of, however the shock was stunning when Bazoum refused the matter.
The president himself objected to this and contacted the commander of the French operations in Niger, asking him to not intervene militarily.
The aforementioned supply additionally confirmed that Bazoum “believes rather a lot in dialogue, and this time, too, he believed within the usefulness of dialogue with those that turned towards him. He’s the one who disrupted the whole lot.”
Commander of the Navy Council in Niger, Abd al-Rahman Tiani (AFP)
However after that, and with the passage of time, the French themselves started to hesitate, particularly with poles of the navy management that had been supportive of Bazoum becoming a member of the group that turned towards him, and amongst them, for instance, Chief of Workers Siddigou Issa Mido, in whose identify a doc was signed giving permission to France to intervene, in line with for a similar supply.
The French justified on the time, within the phrases of a supply amongst them, their hesitation after which their retreat from the navy operation by saying: “It was lacking a vital situation for finishing up it. We may have supported the reputable forces of Niger, however actually not alone. This isn’t attainable. We aren’t in our nation. Africa will not be us”, in a transparent trace at France’s unwillingness to hold out a navy operation with out the assist of the US, or at the least with out its consent.
imprisoned in his residence
Bazoum continues to be being held at his residence, in line with what these near him have confirmed.
Whereas Western and African international locations warned of the deteriorating situations of his detention and his well being situation.
The Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS) additionally hinted at navy intervention to revive constitutional order, regardless of its desire for a diplomatic answer to the disaster.
Nevertheless, Niger’s Prime Minister Ali Mohamed El-Amin Zein, appointed by the navy council, confirmed that the generals who overthrew the president wouldn’t hurt him, though they’d beforehand declared that they’d the “vital knowledge” to prosecute him for top treason.