Niger soldiers go on state TV to confirm coup


Associated Press

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) - The spokesman for a group of mutinous soldiers in Niger said on state TV that a coup d'etat had occurred, saying the African country's constitution had been suspended and its republican institutions have been dissolved.

The spokesman who was wearing a military uniform sat in front of the TV camera on Thursday surrounded by a large group of soldiers.

He said that the country was now being led by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy. He stressed that all of Niger's treaties would be respected and asked that the international community have faith in them.

Soldiers contacted by telephone inside one of the capital's barracks said the leader of the coup is Col. Djibril Adamou Harouna.