African Union Meet On Niger Crisis

The African Union held a meeting on the crisis in Niger.

14th August 2023 02:11 PM

The African Union (AU) said it was holding a meeting on Monday on the crisis in Niger following the coup on July 26 that toppled President Mohamed Bazoum.

The Pan-African body made this known on Monday in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“AU’s Peace & Security Council meets to receive an update on the evolution of the situation in Niger and the efforts to address it,” it said.

AU revealed in the post that the meeting was taking place at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Those attending include AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat as well as representatives from Niger and the West African bloc ECOWAS.

Access24 reports that last week, Faki expressed “deep concern” at the reported poor conditions of Bazoum’s detention, calling his treatment at the hands of coup leaders “unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Niger’s military regime vowed to prosecute the democratically elected Bazoum for “high treason” and slammed ECOWAS for imposing sanctions on the country.