Aug 01, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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The Canadian government is speaking out against a coup d’etat in Niger, but has yet to join other nations in threatening to impose sanctions or cut aid to the West African country.

On Wednesday, a faction of Niger’s military claimed to have overthrown the country’s democratically elected president Mohamed Bazoum after detaining him in his palace.

On Friday Global Affairs Canada stated that Ottawa “strongly condemns the attempted coup” in Niger, calling for Bazoum’s release.

In a tweet Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said that “Canada calls on the release of President Bazoum and his reinstatement as head of state of Niger.”

The federal government is putting its support behind the Economic Community of West African States, a group of 15 countries that has vowed to sanction leaders of the military junta and send in troops if Bazoum isn’t restored to power within a week’s time.

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