Situation in Niger After Military Coup
On July 26, Niger's presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum. The guard's commander, Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani, proclaimed himself the country's new leader.

UN Will Continue to Work with De-Facto Authorities in Niger to Serve People, Spokesperson Says

© AP Photo / Mohammed BabangidaStranded trucks with goods are seen at the border between Nigeria and Niger in Jibia, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 7, 2023.
Stranded trucks with goods are seen at the border between Nigeria and Niger in Jibia, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 7, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 18.08.2023
The coup in Niger in late July, in which the military overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum, prompted a wave of sanctions from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and European countries. Following the events, the United Nations expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on the situation in Niger.
The United Nations will continue its contacts with the de-facto authorities in Niger to continue its work inside the country, the UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday.

"As in all of these similar situations, there are operational contacts to make sure that our humanitarian activities can work," Dujarric told a briefing, adding: "In places where there have been non-democratic changes of governments or outright coups, we will continue to work with de facto authorities or whoever's in charge to ensure that our work can continue, that we can continue to serve the people and that our staff is safe."

Humanitarian deliveries are ongoing and there have been a few flights, he added.
Protesters hold a Niger flag during a demonstration on independence day in Niamey on August 3, 2023. Hundreds of people backing the coup in Niger gathered on August 3, 2023 for a mass rally in the capital Niamey with some brandishing giant Russian flags. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 10.08.2023
Situation in Niger After Military Coup
UN Concerned About Impact Sanctions Can Have on Situation in Niger: UN Spokesperson
A coup took place in Niger on July 26. President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted and detained by his own guard, led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani.
Following the coup, ECOWAS suspended all financial aid to Niger, froze rebels' assets and imposed a ban on commercial flights to and from the country. In early August, ECOWAS leaders agreed during the summit in Abuja to activate a standby force to potentially force the Nigerien military to reinstate Bazoum.