AU calls for swift return to order in Niger

2010-02-20 08:34

AFRICAN Union (AU) chief Jean Ping yesterday condemned the military

coup in Niger and said he was following developments “with concern”.

Ping, who heads the continental body’s executive arm, “is in close

contact with the president of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States)

and with other international actors who are involved,” a statement said.

The coup happened “in the context of the constitutional and

political crisis in which Niger is embroiled,” said the statement from the

53-state organisation’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.

It went on to say the AU “systematically condemns any

unconstitutional change of government and consequently condemns the coup that

took place in Niger” and called for a “swift return to constitutional


Niger’s new military junta announced earlier yesterday it had

sacked the government, a day after a coup that toppled strongman President

Mamadou Tandja in the impoverished west African country.

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