Niger military government orders UN official out within 72 hours

2023-10-12 14:07:19
Niger military government orders UN official out within 72 hours

Niger’s military government has given the United Nations official in Niger, Louise Aubin, 72 hours to leave the West African country, according to a statement from Niger’s Foreign Ministry.

The junta cited "underhanded maneuvers" by the UN secretary-general to prevent Niger’s full participation in last month's UN General Assembly in New York as one of the reasons.

The military rulers had wanted Niger's former ambassador to the United Nations, Bakary Yaou Sangare, who was made foreign minister after the military takeover, to speak on its behalf at the General Assembly.

However, Bakary did not receive credentials to attend after the Niger government's foreign minister sent the world body a letter "informing of the end of functions of Bakary as permanent representative of Niger to the United Nations," said UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.

Niger also ordered French ambassador Sylvain Itte to leave the country in August in response to what they described as actions by France that were "contrary to the interests of Niger".

The military takeover in Niger in June came amid a growing wave of anti-French sentiments, with the people of Niger accusing the European country of interfering in their affairs.

Since the takeover, people in Niger have on several occasions come out in force to display support for the military leaders and reject former Western-backed authorities.

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