Niger’s junta asks West Africa’s court to compel neighbors to lift coup sanctions, citing hardship

ABUJA, Nigeria — Niger’s junta on Tuesday requested West Africa’s regional courtroom to order the lifting of sanctions imposed on the nation by its neighbors following a July coup by which the democratically elected president was deposed.

“There isn’t any sector of the Nigerien society that has not been affected by these sanctions” which have prompted untold financial hardship in one of many world’s poorest nations, Younkaila Yaye, one of many junta’s attorneys, argued on the listening to in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

After elite troopers toppled Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum, the nation confronted financial sanctions from West Africa’s regional bloc, ECOWAS, in addition to nations together with the US that had offered support for well being, safety and infrastructure wants.

Neighbors shut their borders with Niger and greater than 70% of its electrical energy, provided by Nigeria, was minimize off after monetary transactions with West African nations had been suspended. Niger’s belongings in exterior banks had been frozen and lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in support had been withheld.

The sanctions had been probably the most stringent but imposed by the regional bloc in an effort to stem the tide of coups in Africa’s unstable Sahel area. However they’ve had little or no influence on the ambition of the junta which has consolidated its maintain on energy whereas thousands and thousands in Niger face rising hardship.

On the listening to, the junta’s attorneys described the methods the sanctions are hurting Niger: Youngsters are unable to return to high school due to restricted provides. Drug shops are operating out of provides. Companies are shutting down due to rising prices,

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Yaye accused ECOWAS of punishing Nigeriens over the coup in methods harsher than it has dealt with coups in different nations, “particularly relating to monetary transactions.”

The junta requested the courtroom to loosen up the sanctions pending the ultimate judgement. However ECOWAS protested towards their request.

Francois Kanga-Penond, the ECOWAS lawyer, argued that the junta isn’t acknowledged below the bloc’s protocol and doesn’t have the facility to institute such a case in courtroom.

The courtroom adjourned till Dec. 7.

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