On July 30, the seven-day deadline given by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the military junta to release and reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum expired in Niger.
A few hours before the deadline, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) issued a statement announcing the closure of Niger's airspace until further notice in case of an attack.
The statement also claimed that a foreign country was preparing an operation in Niger in cooperation with ECOWAS and noted that ECOWAS has already deployed troops to two central African countries.
The American Wall Street Journal reported that an ECOWAS official said ECOWAS needed more time to prepare for military intervention.
ECOWAS, which has not yet made an official statement on the issue, is expected to extend the deadline given to the junta for another week.
In Niger, President Mohamed Bazoum was detained by elements of the Presidential Guard Regiment on July 26, and the military announced its seizure of power that evening.
On July 28, General Abdourrahmane (Omar) Tchiani, the commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, assumed leadership of the junta, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), and became the head of the transitional government.
Source: Anadolu Agency