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Niger Demands UN Coordinator’s Departure within 72 Hours 

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Niger’s post-coup military rulers have issued an ultimatum to the United Nations coordinator, demanding her departure from the country within the next 72 hours. This demand was outlined in an official statement obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

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The statement, dated Tuesday and released by the foreign ministry, explicitly instructed Louise Aubin, the UN’s resident and humanitarian coordinator, to “take all necessary measures to leave Niamey within 72 hours.” 

The military rulers assert that this decision is in response to perceived obstacles orchestrated by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which they claim were intended to hinder Niger’s complete participation in last month’s UN General Assembly.

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Notably, the military regime has previously criticized the actions of the UN chief as “perfidious” and potentially detrimental to resolving the crisis in the country.

Bakary Yaou Sangare, who formerly served as Niger’s ambassador to the UN before the coup, has been designated as the representative for the new leadership. However, a diplomatic source indicates that the ousted government had also applied to represent Niamey, resulting in a delay and no inclusion of a Nigerien representative in the speakers’ list.

This demand for the UN official’s expulsion coincides with France’s withdrawal of its 1,400-strong military contingent from Niger, following orders from the coup leaders.

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Additionally, France’s ambassador to Niger was instructed to leave after the coup that toppled President Mohamed Bazoum, who had been an ally of Paris.

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