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.

Niger Ends Military Pact With Benin Over Possible Deployment of ECOWAS Troops

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Niger's military leaders announced it would end a military pact with Benin, accusing the neighboring country of authorizing the deployment of troops on its territory for possible military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the coup-hit country.
Benin had "authorized the deployment of soldiers, mercenaries, and war materials" against the background of the possible ECOWAS intervention, forcing the Nigerien military leaders "to renounce the military cooperation agreement [with Benin]," media quoted Niger's coup leaders as saying in a statement read on a national broadcaster.
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Situation in Niger After Military Coup
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A coup took place in Niger on July 26. Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted and detained by his own guard, led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani. Following the coup, ECOWAS suspended all cooperation with Niger and threatened a military intervention if the rebels did not reinstate Bazoum.
Niger, which is a former French colony, has rich reserves of uranium, on which France depends. Niger reportedly accounts for 15%-17% of the uranium used to produce electricity in France. After the coup, the rebels halted gold and uranium exports to France, blocked French media and denounced several military pacts with Paris.