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    Leader of Niger’s Junta Says it Will Restore Civilian Rule Within 3 Years, But Gives No Details

    Leader of Niger's Junta Says it Will Restore Civilian Rule Within 3 Years, But Gives No Details

    , Niger (AP) — The leader of mutinous soldiers who ousted Niger's democratically elected president said Saturday night that they will return the country to civilian rule within three years.

    Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani gave no details on the , saying on state television only that the principles for the transition would be decided within 30 days at a dialogue to be hosted by the junta.

    “I am convinced that … we will work together to find a way out of the crisis, in the interests of all,” Tchiani said, commenting after his first meeting with a regional delegation seeking to resolve the West African nation's crisis.

    The delegation from the ECOWAS bloc, headed by former Nigerian head of state Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, also met separately with toppled President Mohamed Bazoum. It joined reconciliation efforts by Leonardo Santos Simao, the U.N. special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, who arrived Friday.

    ECOWAS on Aug. 10 ordered the deployment of a “standby force” to restore constitutional rule in Niger. On Friday, the ECOWAS commissioner for peace and security, Abdel-Fatau Musah, said 11 of its 15 member states had agreed to commit troops to intervention, saying they were “ready to go.”

    The soldiers who overthrew Bazoum last month have quickly entrenched themselves in , rebuffed most dialogue efforts and kept Bazoum, his wife and son under house arrest in the…

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