EU threatens sanctions against Niger following military coup

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The EU has strongly spoken out against the coup in Niger, claiming that the recent events in the West African country are an assault on democracy and stability.

The document also warned that the country’s aid would be cut off if the ousted leader’s basic rights were violated.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative, issued a statement on Friday saying, “As ECOWAS pointed out in its latest press release, this coup is in total violation of the democratic principles on which the management of political power in the region is based.”

The European Union has reaffirmed its backing for the organization’s intervention in the sub-region and the ongoing attempts to restore constitutional order as soon as possible.

Warning that “any breach of the constitutional order will have consequences for cooperation between the EU and Niger,” the statement demanded that President Bazoum’s security and freedom of movement be protected unconditionally. We will continue to work closely with ECOWAS leaders.

The European Union, however, has reiterated its support for the people of Niger and its demand for the country’s government to adhere strictly to the rule of law, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

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