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PRESS RELEASE : Minister for Africa statement on violence in Niger [July 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 28 July 2023.

The Minister for Africa Andrew Mitchell condemns attempts to undermine democracy in Niger.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Minister for International Development and Africa Andrew Mitchell said:

The UK condemns in the strongest possible terms attempts to undermine democracy, peace and stability in Niger.

The UK stands with the Africa Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to call for an end to this unacceptable infringement on the democratic rights of the people of Niger. We strongly support concerted efforts by ECOWAS to promote democracy in the sub-region.

The UK is unwavering in its support for the immediate, comprehensive return to accountable civilian rule and constitutional order. The UK calls for the release of Niger’s democratically-elected President, Mohamed Bazoum.