In an effort to challenge the sanctions imposed by the regional organisation, the State of Niger has filed a lawsuit against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
On December 7, 2023, the ECOWAS Court of Justice is scheduled to deliver its ruling in a case that involves the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and two other parties, as well as the State of Niger and six other entities. The court announced this decision following a hearing on Monday, November 21, 2023, held at its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
It is believed that the sanctions imposed by the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government have had several negative effects on the people of Niger including food shortage, medicine and electricity.
Niger’s ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum has requested that the same court order his release and the restoration of constitutional order. He has been placed under house arrest since the coup.
This comes after Niger experienced a coup that shook its political landscape on July 26, 2023. Niger experienced military officers ousted the elected government, leading to instability and uncertainty for its people.
However, the court’s upcoming stand on December 7, 2023, is anticipated to bring clarity to the legal and diplomatic complexities surrounding the situation.
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