UN condemns coup attempt in Niger

Antonio Guterres
UN chief


Secretary-General urges all actors to exercise restraint, ensure protection of constitutional order, says spokesperson

UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned Wednesday an attempted coup by some members of the military in Niger.

Earlier, the Nigerien presidency confirmed that a coup attempt was carried out Wednesday morning by soldiers who sealed off access to the official residence of President Mohamed Bazoum.

''The Secretary-General is following closely the situation in Niger,'' his spokesperson Stphane Dujarric told reporters.

''He condemns in the strongest terms any effort to seize power by force and to undermine democratic governance, peace and stability in Niger.''

The Secretary-General called on all actors involved to exercise restraint and to ensure the protection of constitutional order, Dujarric said.

Mohamed Bazoum and his family are reported to be in good health according to the Nigerien presidency

Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has a tumultuous history with coups, facing various coups and coup attempts since gaining independence from France in 1960.

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