Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Niger, has assured that the overthrown President Mohamed Bazoum will not be harmed by the military junta that seized power in a coup on July 26.
Zeine stated that Niger does not have a tradition of violence and that no harm will come to Bazoum. He also denied any intention of collaborating with Russia or Kremlin-backed mercenaries.
While praising diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, Zeine mentioned a possible review of military partnerships. The coup leaders had reportedly cut off utilities to Bazoum’s house and threatened him in response to proposals for military intervention to restore him to power.