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On the evening of July 26, Nigerien Army spokesman Colonel Major Amadou Adramane appeared on national TV flanked by nine solemn-looking soldiers in fatigues.

Niger’s democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum had, Adramane said, been ousted and detained: “The defense and security forces...

have decided to put an end to the regime you are familiar with.” With that statement, the West African country’s future was thrown into confusion.

Supporters of the coup have hailed it as the end of a regime beholden to colonial interests, while its critics view it as a dangerous attack on democracy.

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