General Tchiani proclaims himself president of Niger after the putsch

The head of the presidential guard, General Abdourahamane Tchiani held his first speech on Friday on Niger’s national television as president of the “National Council for the Safeguarding of the Fatherland”, the junta that overthrew elected President Mohamed Boom.

According to the new leader of the country, the coup was necessary because of “the deterioration of the security situation” in the country, undermined by the violence of jihadist groups. The general felt that under President Bazoum there was “political discourse” which wanted to make people believe that “everything is fine”, while there is “the harsh reality with its share of dead, displaced, humiliation and frustration”.

According to him, “the current security approach has not made it possible to secure the country despite the heavy sacrifices made by Nigeriens and the appreciable and appreciated support of our external partners”.

Ousted president held in presidential palace

This discreet high-ranking officer has commanded the presidential guard since his appointment in 2011 by Issoufou Mahamadou, Mohamed Bazoum’s predecessor. General Tchiani was absent during the putschists’ speech on national television, announcing the coup on Wednesday evening, but he was represented by his deputy, Colonel Ibroh Amadou Bacharou.

The overthrown president has been detained since Wednesday morning at the presidential palace, in his private residence located inside the military camp of the Presidential Guard commanded by General Tchiani.

After Mali and Burkina Faso, Niger, hitherto allied with Western countries, becomes the third country in the Sahel, undermined by attacks by groups linked to the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, to experience a coup State since 2020.

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