Algeria suggests transitional approach to address Niger crisis

Algeria has put forth a proposition aimed at resolving the political turmoil in its neighboring country, Niger.

The proposal suggests a six-month transition period to be overseen by a civilian leader, as stated by Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf on Tuesday.

Following his recent diplomatic tour of West African nations, Attaf conveyed that the majority of the countries engaged in discussions are opposed to utilizing military intervention as a means to resolve the crisis.

Last week, military leaders from the West African ECOWAS bloc gathered in Ghana to deliberate on the potential of a military intervention in Niger after power seizure by the presidential guard last month, resulting in the establishment of a junta in the country.

Algeria has consistently voiced its opposition to military intervention, citing the disorder that ensued after NATO’s involvement in Libya in 2011 during the uprising against the longstanding leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Algerian authorities have engaged in three separate conversations with the military leader of Niger since the coup, who is advocating for a potential transitional phase lasting up to three years, according to Attaf.

As a component of its plan, Algeria intends to call for a United Nations conference aimed at reinstating constitutional order. Additionally, it will put forth proposals for assurances to all involved parties in the crisis, along with hosting a conference centered on Sahel region development.

Algerian state television reported last week that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune had declined France’s request for potential military action in Niger.

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