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  • Updated: July 26, 2023

Niger: President Mohamed Bazoum Under Siege By Elite Guard Members

Niger: President Mohamed Bazoum Under Siege By Elite Guard M

President Mohamed Bazoum

The Presidential Guards of Niger sealed off President Mohamed Bazoum's residence and offices on Wednesday, according to a source close to Bazoum, who described the move as a "fit of temper" by the elite troops and said "talks" were underway.

Local reports state that although there was no unusual military deployment, no gunfire could be heard, and traffic was normal, Bazoum's official residence and offices in the Niamey presidential complex were blocked off.

Since gaining independence from France in 1960, the landlocked West African nation has experienced four coups and numerous other attempts to seize power, making it one of the most unstable countries in the world.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a source claimed it was a temper tantrum by the Presidential Guard, but negotiations with the president are in progress.

The source went on to reaffirm that the president, along with his family members present at the residence, is fine and secure.

Since the specifics of the talks were unknown, the cause of the tension was not disclosed.

Bazoum is a close ally of France and was democratically elected in 2021.

In February 2010, then-president Mamadou Tandja was overthrown in the nation's most recent coup.

However, a security source at the time stated that a putsch attempt occurred on March 31, 2021, just two days before Bazoum was inaugurated.

Several people were arrested, including the suspected ringleader, an air force captain named Sani Gourouza

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