France suspended cooperation with Niger as Nigeria cuts electricity in Niamey

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Nigeria has announced that it has cut off Niger's electricity after the coup attempt. The announcement came after the West African bloc, ECOWAS, tried to get its members to impose sanctions against Niamey. Meanwhile, France suspended cooperation with Niger until further notice.

France suspended cooperation with Niger as Nigeria cuts electricity in Niamey

Nigeria has cut off electricity to Niger, which has been destabilized by a coup attempt, AFP reported on Wednesday. France suspended cooperation with Niger until further notice.

The source said the Niger Electricity Company had cut the high-voltage line carrying electricity to Niger since Tuesday. Officials said electricity to the capital Niamey is currently being supplied by local generation.

ECOWAS TO IMPOSE HEAVY SANCTIONS ON NIGER

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS, led on Sunday by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, decided to impose sanctions against the coup plotters who ousted president-elect Mohamed Bazoum a week before the incident.

ECOWAS gave Niger a one-week ultimatum to suspend financial ties and halt all services, including energy transactions.

Nigeria's decision will exacerbate the already severe power shortages in Niamey.

Niger will try to finish its first dam on the Kandadji river by 2025 to save its energy dependence on Nigeria.

FRANCE SUSPENDS COOPERATION WITH NIGER

The French military has suspended all development, financial and military partnerships with Niger until further notice, a French military spokesperson announced on Wednesday.

Niger is dependent on foreign partners both because of its colonial past and because it is one of the poorest countries in the world. "The sanctions will hurt our country very badly," Nigerian Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou told France 24 on Sunday, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

Source: africa news

 

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