African Union to meet later on Monday to discuss Niger crisis

The African Union (AU) announced a meeting scheduled for Monday to address the crisis in Niger, resulting from the coup on July 26 that led to the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum.

“AU’s Peace & Security Council meets to receive an update on the evolution of the situation in Niger and the efforts to address it,” the pan-African body said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The meeting was convened at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the AU announced.

In attendance are Moussa Faki Mahamat, the head of the AU Commission, along with representatives from Niger and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Faki expressed “deep concern” last week over the reported poor conditions of Bazoum’s detention, deeming his treatment by the coup leaders as “unacceptable.”

Niger’s military regime pledged on Sunday to prosecute the democratically elected Bazoum for “high treason” and criticized ECOWAS for imposing sanctions on the nation.

Bazoum, aged 63, and his family have been detained at the official presidential residence in Niamey since the coup.

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