Niger ends cooperation with OIF
Niger has suspended all cooperation with the international organization of Francophone nations (OIF), its military leaders said, as it progressively severs ties with former colonial ruler France.
88-member body "has always been used by France as an instrument to defend
French interests", said a spokesperson for Niger's military government on
seized power in a military takeover in July which was strongly condemned by
France and other Western allies. It soon kicked out French troops.
The OIF had
already suspended most cooperation with Niger last week because of the military
takeover but said it would maintain those programs directly benefiting
stated mission is to promote the French language, and encourage education and
development in Francophone countries around the world, many of which are former
government of Niger calls on the African people to decolonize their minds and
promote their own national languages in accordance with the ideas of the
founding fathers of Pan-Africanism," said the military leadership's
said in a separate statement on Sunday that it had not yet decided how long it
would hold on to power, but that the length of the transition would be
determined after an inclusive national dialogue. It did not say when the
dialogue would take place.