Following a military takeover, General Abdourahamane Tchiani was named Niger’s new leader.
This was announced by the state television on Friday.
The chief of the Presidential Guard has been named “president of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland,” a statement said, with elected President Mohamed Bazoum detained by army putschists since Wednesday morning.
Premium Politics reported on Thursday that the national guard sealed off the office and residence of its president, Mohammed Bazoum.
Also in a national telecast, the military reported that it is taking over the nation’s administration.
The coup leaders in Niger revealed on Thursday they had won broad army support and called for calm, while former colonial power France said it did not consider the apparent putsch “final”.
The situation has sparked condemnation from the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, ECOWAS as well as the United States.