ECOWAS Senegalese troops hold their position in Barra, across from the Gambian capital Banjul
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, which is headed by ousted Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum, opposed possible military intervention in the country by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nigerien media reported on Saturday, citing a party statement. The party also noted the possible negative consequences of the intervention for people held by the military leadership, as well as for the country’s population as a whole, the ANP news agency reported. “It seemed necessary for the presidium [of the party] to discuss this issue, which was done on September 2 and continued on September 14. The clear majority spoke out against armed intervention,” the report said, quoting the party statement. The party also raised concern about the release of Bazoum, his family and other people detained since July 26, the news agency reported, adding that the leadership of the party called for focusing on the goals of “reinstating” Bazoum, as well as “restoring constitutional order by all non-military means.” AfricaMacron: France to Pull Troops Out of Niger Only If Requested by Ousted President10 September, 13:25 GMTThe military takeover in Niger took place on July 26. Bazoum was ousted and detained by his own guard, led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani. Following the takeover, ECOWAS suspended all cooperation with Niger and threatened intervention if the rebels did not reinstate Bazoum.