The United Nations has called soldiers detaining Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum to release him immediately.
“All efforts must be undertaken to restore constitutional order and the rule of law. President Mohamed Bazoum must be immediately and unconditionally released, and his security ensured,” UN human rights chief Volker Turk said in a statement.
Earlier, the UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned the ”unconstitutional change of government” in the West African country after soldiers announced the removal of President Bazoum Mohamed on Wednesday night.
President Bazoum was elected in 2021 marking the country’s first democratic transition of power since independence from France in 1960.