Niger junta chief pronounces plan to revive democracy in 3 years

The chief behind final month’s coup in Niger, General Abourahamane Tiani, mentioned that the junta will restore civilian rule within the West African nation inside “three years”.

He revealed on Saturday on state tv that the rules for the transition could be determined inside 30 days at a dialogue to be hosted by the junta, the native media reported.

“I am convinced that … we will work together to find a way out of the crisis, in the interests of all,” General Tchiani mentioned.

On Saturday, a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States [Ecowas] arrived in Niger to carry discussions with the nation’s army management and the deposed president, Mohamed Bazoum.

Reports quoting a supply related to Ecowas mentioned that Mr Bazoum seemed to be in “good spirits”, although he was nonetheless detained and with out electrical energy.

On August 10, Ecowas mandated the deployment of a “standby force” with the purpose of reinstating constitutional governance in Niger.

Ecowas Commissioner for Peace and Security, Abdel-Fatau Musah, introduced on Friday that 11 out of its 15 member states had consented to supply troops for army intervention, saying they had been “ready to go”.

On Saturday, Gen Tchiani mentioned in a televised handle: “Our ambition is not to confiscate power.” He added that any transition of energy “would not go beyond three years”.

“If an attack were to be undertaken against us, it will not be the walk in the park some people seem to think,” he added.

Niger’s military-appointed prime minister, Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine was quoted as saying by the New York Times that “nothing will happen to him [deposed president], because we don’t have a tradition of violence in Niger”.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Fitzgibbons has arrived in Niamey to steer the US mission in Niger, the US State Department mentioned on Saturday. Ms Fitzgibbons, a profession diplomat with in depth expertise in Africa, will “bolster efforts to help resolve the political crisis at this critical time”.

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