- Niger’s military junta on Tuesday requested that West Africa’s regional court order the lifting of sanctions imposed on the country over the summer.
- ECOWAS, West Africa’s regional bloc, joined numerous other international governments in imposing sanctions on Niamey following a successful coup against the elected government of Mohamed Bazoum.
- “There is no sector of the Nigerien society that has not been affected by these sanctions,” Younkaila Yaye, a government lawyer, argued at the Abuja, Nigeria, hearing.
Niger’s junta on Tuesday asked West Africa’s regional court to order the lifting of sanctions imposed on the country by its neighbors following a July coup in which the democratically elected president was deposed.
“There is no sector of the Nigerien society that has not been affected by these sanctions” which have caused untold economic hardship in one of the world’s poorest countries, Younkaila Yaye, one of the junta’s lawyers, argued at the hearing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
After elite soldiers toppled Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum, the country faced economic sanctions from West Africa’s regional bloc, ECOWAS, as well as countries including the United States that had provided aid for health,