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Niger. The first photo of an overthrown and imprisoned president since the start of the coup

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The first photo of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum since the beginning of the coup in Niger has appeared online. They were published by Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Déby, who met with his counterpart. In the photo, both politicians are smiling.

The first photo of the president appeared on social media Niger Mohamed Bazoum since the presidential guard launched a coup in the country last week. The photo was published on Sunday evening by Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Déby, who met with his Nigerian counterpart.

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, a group of officers made a statementthat the first democratically elected president, Bazoum, had been removed from power. According to the Guardian, after the start of the coup, Bazoum was imprisoned in his residence. From there, he conducts telephone calls to foreign governments.

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The President of Niger met with the President of Chad

A photo of the meeting between the two presidents appeared on Facebook. It shows that both politicians are smiling and as the “Guardian” notes, everything indicates that Bazoum is in good health. In addition to this photo, Déby’s profile also posted a photo of a meeting with General Abdourahaman Tiani, head of the Presidential Guard, who on Friday declared himself the leader of the junta that carried out the coup. In this photo, both of them are also smiling and Tiani is wearing a military outfit.

Under the photos, Déby wrote that he had traveled to Niger, which was “going through a serious political crisis”. He reported that in Niamey (the capital of Niger), he had spoken with the coup leaders, in particular Tiani, as well as with President Bazoum and the country’s former president Mahamadou Issoufou. He added that the purpose of the talks was to “find a peaceful solution to the crisis that has shaken” Niger.

The coup d’état in Niger is here seventh in this part of Africa since 2020, and only in this country already the fourth since 1960, when it gained independence after signing an agreement with France. The coup was condemned by neighbors and international partners, including USA, UN, EU and African Union. The coup sparked fears that Niger, a key ally of the West in the fight against jihadists in West Africa, could turn politically towards Russia. On Sunday, protesters in front of the French embassy in Niamey shouted pro-Russian and anti-French slogans.

SEE ALSO: Ultimatum given to putschists in Niger. ECOWAS: measures may also include the use of force

Main photo source: Facebook/Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno

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