He now leads a junta facing ECOWAS threats of intervention. What do we know about the commander at the centre of Niger’s crisis?
When General Abdourahamane Tiani is evoked with some of the figures who knew him as head of the presidential guard for Mahamadou Issoufou and then Mohamed Bazoum, one description comes back constantly: his stubborn character. “Once he has decided something, it is difficult to make him change his mind,” explains an advisor to the current head of state, who remains detained by the putschists at the Presidential Palace, but still refuses to resign.
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