Regional West African Court Dismisses Niger’s Challenge to ECOWAS Sanctions

ABUJA, NIGERIA — A court for the West African regional bloc ECOWAS has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Niger’s transitional leaders and some corporations over sanctions imposed on Niger by ECOWAS following the July ouster of President Mohammed Bazoum.

The applicants argued the sanctions are causing hardships for millions of Nigeriens. However, the ECOWAS Court of Justice said the military government did not have standing to make a case on behalf of Niger.

Last month, Niger’s military leaders, along with seven corporations, asked the court to suspend the political and economic sanctions imposed on Niger following the July 26 coup d’etat.

However, in its ruling Thursday, the two-man court held that the application was inadmissible, stating that the applicants — including a government instituted by a coup — did not have standing to make a case on Niger.


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