Two weeks after the military junta ousted a democratically elected governments in Niger Republic, the coup plotters are said to have appointed a former economist as the country’s new prime minister.
The spokeperson for the military junta, who made the announcement on live television late Monday night, declared Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine as Niger’s new PM.
Lamine Zeine, previously served as as economist for the African Development Bank in Chad, and also acted as former minister of economy and finance under the then President, Mamadou Tandja, whose administration was also overthrew by military in 2010.
Recall, All Legit News had reported how the military junta in Niger put an end to President Mohamed Bazoum’s government, and suspended the country’s constitution.
Bazoum, who was a loyal ally to the West, was accused of failing to Niger in her fight against the Islamic terrorists in the Sahel. He was also accused of a worsen economy under his leadership.
The ECOWAS issued an ultimatum to the coup plotters to return Bazoum as Niger legotmate Head of State, but it expired over the weekend. The West African bloc had already imposed series of sanctions on Niger, as well as stating that may use force if that is the lady resort to return the country’s democracy.
Leaders of ECOWAS states are expected to meet in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja on Thursday to decide on the best course of action.