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BREAKING: Thousands Rally to Support Niger Junta as Regional Bloc Meets

Thousands of people rallied in support of Niger’s new military leaders in the capital, Niamey, on Sunday as West African heads of state met to discuss a response to a coup in a key ally of the global fight against jihadists in the region.

Supporters marched on the embassy of France — whose continued influence in its ex-colonies in Africa has become an increasing source of tension in recent years — as the Economic Community of West African States met for an emergency meeting in neighboring Nigeria.

The junta warned the bloc not to intervene militarily to reinstate deposed President Mohamed Bazoum.