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Niger: Bazoum sworn in as President after coup attempt

– – Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in as the president of Niger at a ceremony in the capital, Niamey on Friday. The swearing in ceremony was held under beefed-up security following a foiled coup attempt during the week. Niger has been on high alert after that incident and the new president now has a major task to restore order. President Mohamed Bazoum is taking over in Niger’s first democratic transition of power since independence from France in 1960. – – Former President Mahamadou Issoufou stepped down after his two…

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Heavy gunfire heard near Niger’s presidency

– – Niger’s capital Niamey is on high alert after residents said they heard heavy gunfire on Wednesday morning near the presidency. A resident was quoted by AFP as saying that “It was around 3am, we have heard shots from heavy and light weapons and it lasted 15 minutes before stopping, followed by shots from light weapons.” Another resident of Niamey’s Plateau district said “the gunfire lasted about 20 minutes” but calm returned to the district though hours later. This incident is happening just two days ahead of the swearing-in…

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