Niger coup: ECOWAS rejects Tchiani’s transition plan
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected the Republic of Niger junta’s three-year power transition plan. ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, Abdel-Fatau Musa, disclosed this during an interview with the BBC on Sunday. The leader of the Niger junta, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, had previously stated in a televised address that a transition period of three years had been agreed upon for the return to democracy.
The rejection of the transition plan by ECOWAS is significant as it implies that the regional body will not accept the military takeover of the government. The region is known for its commitment to the principles of democracy and the rule of law. ECOWAS also has a mandate to uphold good governance and ensure the respect of human rights.
ECOWAS has called for the immediate restoration of the constitutional order in Niger. The regional body has also demanded the immediate release of all political prisoners and the lifting of the state of emergency.
ECOWAS Commissioner Musa stated that the junta’s three-year transition plan was not acceptable as it did not guarantee a swift return to constitutional rule. He also pointed out that any transition period must be completed within six months.