Soldiers in Niger Reveal On National Television That They've Removed President

 July 28, 2023

Soldiers in Niger took over state television to announce that the president of the country, who had been democratically elected, has been overthrown.

The soldiers cited concerns over the country's economy and security as reasons for the takeover.

Almost all government functions were suspended, and security forces were overseeing talks, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, members of Niger's presidential guard had detained President Mohamed Bazoum.

"This is as a result of the continuing degradation of the security situation, the bad economic and social governance," said Air Force Col. Major Amadou Abdramane.

As a result, land and air borders in and out of the country are all closed, and a curfew is in place for citizens until the situation stabilizes.

"The hard-won achievements will be safeguarded. All Nigerians who love democracy and freedom will see to it," Bazoum said on July 27.

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