The military junta in Niger Republic has designated Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, the nation’s former Minister of Economy, as the freshly appointed prime minister. This decision transpired just under a fortnight after the military deposed the democratically elected president, Mohamed Bazoum, and seized control in Niger.
The leader of the coup conveyed this development via television broadcast on Monday night.
Sources from Nigerien media affirm that Lamine Zeine served as the former Minister of Economy and Finance in the administration of ex-President Mamadou Tandja, who was removed from power in 2010. Currently, Zeine holds the role of an economist at the African Development Bank stationed in Chad.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had given the coup organizers an ultimatum to reinstate Bazoum, which elapsed during the weekend.
Reports indicate that ECOWAS, a regional alliance comprising 15 West African countries, has issued a warning of potential military intervention to restore democratic governance in Niger.
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