Niger ends cooperation with OIF

2023-12-26 10:24:28
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.

The 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 national television.

The junta 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 civilian populations.

The organization’s stated mission is to promote the French language, and encourage education and development in Francophone countries around the world, many of which are former French colonies.

"The 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 statement.

The leadership 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.

(Source: Agencies)

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