Algeria's FM proposes six-month plan for Niger's transition to democracy

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Algeria's foreign minister on Tuesday proposed a six-month transitional plan for neighbouring Niger, whose coup leader seeks a far longer timeline back to democracy.

Ahmed Attaf gave his suggested framework after a tour last week to three of Niger's neighbouring countries in the West African bloc ECOWAS, which has threatened to send a military force if Niger's new military regime fails to restore democracy.

Attaf reiterated Algeria's rejection of military intervention in Niger and said Algiers would not allow its airspace to be used to that end.

He proposed a half-year transitional phase to allow the neighbouring country to restore "the constitutional and democratic order".

In contrast, Niger's coup leader General Abdourahamane Tiani "has called for a transitional period that lasts for three years at most", Attaf said in a televised press conference.

"But in our view the (transition) process can be completed in six months" so the coup does not become a "fait accompli", he continued.

The process would be overseen by a "civilian power led by a consensus figure", he continued, without specifying who that might be.


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