AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

African Union Condemns Coup Attempt in Niger

ADDIS ABABA – African Union Commission chair Faki Mahamat has condemned the “coup attempt” in Niger today after members of the western African nation’s military reportedly seized President Mohamed Bazoum and blockaded his residence.

Despite fears a coup attempt is underway in the West African country, no shots have been heard, according to media reports.

President Bazoum’s office tweeted that the guards unsuccessfully tried to get support from the military in their “anti-republican” efforts.

In a statement, the AU chairperson Mahamat says he was “informed of an attempt by certain members of the military to undermine the stability of democratic and republican institutions in Niger.”

The chairperson described the events “tantamount to an attempted coup” and says he “strongly condemns such actions by members of the military acting in total betrayal of their republican”.

Mahamat has urged “the people of Niger, all their brothers in Africa, particularly in Ecowas, and around the world, to join their voices in unanimous condemnation of this coup attempt.”

He also called on the soldiers “to immediately cease these unacceptable actions” and return to their barracks.

Earlier, the west African economic bloc, has also issued a statement, saying it “condemns in the strongest terms the attempt to seize power by force”.

Niger has experienced four coups since independence from France in 1960, as well as numerous attempted coups.The last coup occurred in February 2010, overthrowing the then President Mamadou Tandja.