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    Allies of Niger President Overthrown by Military Are Appealing to the US and Others: Save His Life

    Allies of Niger President Overthrown by Military Are Appealing to the US and Others: Save His Life

    — After nearly three weeks of appealing to the United States and other allies for help restoring Niger's president to , friends and supporters of the democratically elected leader are making a simpler plea: Save his life.

    President Mohamed Bazoum, leader of the last remaining Western-allied democracy across a vast stretch of 's Sahara and Sahel, sits confined with his family in an unlit basement of his presidential compound, cut off from resupplies of food and from electricity and cooking gas by the junta that overthrew him, Niger's ambassador to the United States told The Associated Press.

    “They are killing him,” said the ambassador, Mamadou Kiari Liman-Tinguiri, a close associate who maintains daily calls with the detained leader. The two have been colleagues for three decades, since the now 63-year-old president was a young philosophy instructor, a teacher's union leader, and a democracy advocate noted for his eloquence.

    “The of the head of the junta is to starve him to death,” Liman-Tinguiri told the AP in one of his first interviews since mutinous troops allegedly cut off food deliveries to the president, his wife and his 20-year-old son almost a week ago.

    “This is inhuman, and the world should not tolerate that,” the ambassador said. “It cannot be tolerated in 2023.”

    On Saturday, the president's captors allowed a doctor to visit the family for the first time, and…

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