Niger coup opposition emerges as ECOWAS plans new meeting

By Laureen Fagan - 9 August 2023 at 8:43 pm
Niger coup opposition emerges as ECOWAS plans new meeting

A former Tuareg rebel leader has formed the Council of Resistance for the Republic (CRR) movement in Niger, in order to support besieged President Mohamed Bazoum and restore the government displaced by the July 26 coup.

Rhissa Ag Boula said Wednesday in a CRR statement that his group supports the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as the African Union in opposing the coup led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani. The CRR is available to ECOWAS, a 15-member organization whose leaders are split on how to manage the Niger crisis but collectively have said that all options, including military force, remain on the table.

Nigeria, Senegal, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire have said they’ll commit troops in the event intervention is necessary, according to security analyst Jules Duhamel. Mali and Burkina Faso have sided with Niger and, on Monday, sent a diplomatic delegation to Niamey in a show of support. The two neighboring countries, once aligned with Niger as part of a regional Sahel force coordinated with France, have removed their own leaders by force and opposed Western involvement in recent years.

While the delegation from Mali and Burkina Faso was welcome in Niger, others haver met with resistance to the idea of further negotiations, as has been the case with ECOWAS representatives who were turned away on Tuesday as well as Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland of the United States.

ECOWAS plans another extraordinary summit in Abuja on Thursday.

Laureen Fagan

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Laureen is a freelance journalist creating high-quality, informed content on international affairs, politics and technology. She has worked both in and out of newsrooms since 2000. She is a former paramedic with significant experience in community resilience and nonprofit community development initiatives, and maintains "a passion for action" on sustainability and climate change. She also is trained in conflict resolution and diversity, and has special interests in science and medical reporting, and culture and religion issues. Laureen received her MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the United States, and completed additional graduate study in theology at University of Notre Dame. Follow Laureen on Mastodon at

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