The military regime in power in Niger reiterated on October 2nd, 2023, that the duration of the transition in the country, where a coup took place on July 26th, would only be determined by an “inclusive national forum.” This statement comes hours after Algeria announced that Niamey had given its approval for mediation.
The response of Niger to Algeria’s proposal for mediation to resolve the crisis, just over two months after the coup on July 26th… Yesterday, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that its neighbor had given the green light. However, Niger’s position does not seem as clear as announced by Algiers. Niamey wants to retain control throughout the transition.
According to Niger, the duration of the transition can only be determined by an inclusive national forum. A forum was announced by the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), but which the date is still unknown (preparations are underway at the regional level). The only indication of the duration of the transition so far was in August when General Abdourahamane Tiani, the new strongman of the country, stated that it would not exceed 3 years.
In its statement last night, the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs did acknowledge that Niger was willing to consider Algeria’s proposal for mediation to regain its sovereignty, during a meeting held in New York last week.
This clarification from Niamey comes a few hours after the release of a statement from Algeria. According to the statement, Niger gave its approval to Algeria’s proposal for mediation to find a political solution to the crisis, and the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs will be sent to Niamey very soon. The statement does not provide more details about the content of this Algerian plan.
However, in August, a 6-month transition plan was on the table, led by a civilian figure accepted by all political factions.