Algeria proposes political solution to Niger crisis



Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ahmed Attaf said on Tuesday that his country has put forth a political solution to address the ongoing crisis in neighboring Niger.

The solution, proposed by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, focuses on consultations among involved Nigerian parties, the minister said during a press conference in Algerian capital Algiers.

The primary objective is to establish a six-month timeframe for crafting and implementing a political solution that ensures the return of constitutional and democratic governance in Niger, according to the minister.

The process will involve inclusive political agreements and arrangements to effectively address the crisis under the supervision of a civil authority supported by consensus, Attaf said, adding that Tebboune's plan also includes organizing an international conference to raise funds for development programs in the Sahel region.

Algeria still sees Mohammed Bazoum, who was ousted by a coup on July 26, as the legitimate president of Niger, said the Algerian minister, underscoring the importance of a peaceful diplomatic approach over the use of force.

The coup has drawn condemnation from many African countries, which view the unconstitutional change of power as a threat to stability and development on the continent. The international community fears that instability in the Sahel region would breed extremism.

(Xinhua News Agency)