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Niger reopens borders with five neighboring countries

Niamey, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Niger's new military authorities, the so-called National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), reportedly announced the reopening of air and land borders with five neighboring nations.

The Army’s spokesman, Colonel Amadou Abdaramane, who read a press release from the CNSP president, General Abdourahamane Tiani, announced the new move on national television.

The military junta had closed Niger’s air and land borders on July 26 and overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum.

Niger’s regions appointed several high-ranking army and police officers governors. Authorities from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’s countries will meet in Nigeria on Wednesday to analyze the political situation in Niamey.

On Sunday, ECOWAS issued an ultimatum to Niger’s military forces to withdraw and reinstate Bazoum, and announced a possible military intervention with the opposition of Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso, which also belong to that organization.

It is the second attempted coup against the current Government of Niger after the country’s authorities thwarted another attempt against Bazoum two days before his inauguration on March 31, 2021.