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Niger’s military regime, which came to power after a coup against pro-Western President Mohamed Bazoum, has formed a new government. The news was given by General Abdourahamane Tiani, the country’s new strong man, who read the decree establishing the government on national television.
The new government formed by 21 members
The new government has 21 members and is led by Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine. Among the ministers, those of Defense and the Interior are generals of the National Council for the Protection of the Homeland (CNSP), which has taken power.
The new government was announced shortly before a crucial extraordinary summit held today in Abuja, which is attended by the block of West African countries willing to implement “all necessary measures” to restore order in Niger. The new summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in neighboring Nigeria, is the second after the one held on 30 July which launched a seven-day ultimatum, which expired without the threatened “use of force”, which can be decided only by the leaders of the bloc. Formally, the summit is only called to discuss the “political situation and recent developments” but Bola Tinubu, president of Nigeria and ECOWAS, warned on Tuesday evening that “no option” is excluded. Even if diplomacy remains the preferred solution.