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You have one week to restore democracy to Niger ECOWAS- coup leaders






The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given the coup leaders in Niger Republic an ultimatum of one week to restore ousted President Mohamed Bazoum to power or face military action. 

The regional bloc is taking a strong stance against the recent coup, which has threatened the country's democratic process. 

To ensure compliance, ECOWAS has imposed stringent sanctions on Niger, including the closure of land and air borders, a freeze on the country's assets, and suspension of all economic and financial transactions. 

The organization firmly asserts that President Bazoum remains the legitimate leader of Niger Republic and demands the immediate and unconditional release of him and his family. 

ECOWAS Commission President Omar Toure warns that those behind the coup will be held accountable for any violence that may arise. The regional bloc has a history of intervening to restore democracy, as seen in its successful efforts in Guinea-Bissau in 2002. 

It remains uncertain whether the coup leaders will comply with ECOWAS's demands. However, the sanctions' impact on Niger's economy is likely to be significant, as the country is landlocked, making the closure of land borders a challenge for trade, and the freeze on assets affecting businesses' operations. 

ECOWAS's commitment to democracy is central to its principles. The organization's Charter of Democracy, Elections, and Good Governance, established in 2001, emphasizes its dedication to promoting democracy and good governance among its member states. The charter also allows for ECOWAS intervention when a coup d'├ętat or unconstitutional change of government threatens democracy in member states. 

While ECOWAS's interventions have faced criticism in the past, the organization argues that they are essential to protect democracy and maintain stability in the region. The ultimatum sends a clear message that ECOWAS will not tolerate any attempt to derail democratic processes in its member states.

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