PES condemns the coup d’état in Niger

PES condemns the coup d’état in Niger

Supporters of Niger's junta set on fire entrance to the French embassy in Niamey, Niger, July 30, 2023. Photo: SalamPix/ABACAPRESS/BELGA

The PES strongly condemns the coup d’état in Niger. Since last week the armed presidential guard dissolved the constitution, suspended all institutions, and stripped from power the legally elected Niger President Mohamed Bazoum.

PES President Stefan Löfven said:

“We are deeply concerned by the recent events in Niger, which constitute a serious attack on the political and social stability in the country. To overthrow the democratically elected president and suspend the institutions might be very dangerous for the country and for the whole region.”

The PES extends its support to President Bazoum and his party – Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-Tarayya) in these difficult times, as they uphold their democratic values and contribute to the stability in the region.

The European socialists and democrats welcome the declaration by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, who condemned the coup and pledged the EU to stand with the people of Niger and to defend the human rights and the international humanitarian law in Niger.

The PES supports the efforts of the United Nations to restore peace and stability in Niger.

We will monitor the situation in Niger closely and call for the human rights of the people detained by the junta to be respected.