Niger junta cancels 1,000 diplomatic passports linked to ousted regime

The new military rulers in Niger Republic have cancelled more than 990 diplomatic passports held by nationals and foreigners linked to the ousted regime.

The foreign ministry has written to notify diplomatic representations in Niger that the passports are now “lapsed”, according to copies of the letter posted on social media networks.

The diplomatic documents were held by former senior figures in institutions and ministries as well as ex-MPs and advisers including the president and prime minister, the official press agency ANP said late Thursday.

About 50 of the passports had been given to American, British, French, Libyan and Turkish individuals as well as other West Africans.

President Mohamed Bazoum was overthrown on July 26 and has since been detained at his residence.

At the end of August, the new regime cancelled passports held by several members of the government who were abroad, including the prime minister, foreign minister and Niger’s ambassador to France.

(AFP)

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