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Blinken calls for immediate release of Bazoum
 
From: Agency Report
Thu, 27 Jul 2023   ||   United States,
 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday called for the immediate release of Niger President Mohamed Bazoum.

Bazoum has been removed from power, according to a group of soldiers who appeared on the West African nation’s national television late on Wednesday, hours after the president was held in the presidential palace.

Blinken told a news conference in the New Zealand capital Wellington that “whether this constitutes a coup technically or not, I can’t say, that’s for the lawyers to say.

“however, what it clearly constitutes is an effort to seize power by force and to disrupt the constitution.’’

Blinken, therefore, called for Bazoum’s immediate release.

 

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