Soldiers who have seized power in Niger say they want the country to be â€œan example of democracy and good governanceâ€ amid international criticism of their actions. Reports said the nationâ€™s ousted president, Mamadou Tandja, was â€œdoing wellâ€ following Thursdayâ€™s coup, but his whereabouts were still unknown.
Armed military men stormed the presidential palace in Niamey, kidnapping 71-year-old Mr Tandja.
The junta â€” calling itself the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy â€” has appeared on state-run TV and announced their leader was squadron Chief Salou Djibo.
It comes as the African Union called for a â€œquick return to constitutional orderâ€, while former colonial ruler France said it â€œcondemns any seizure of power by non-constitutional methodsâ€.
It is believed the coup soldiers were deeply unhappy with a change to the constitution, which allowed Mr Tandja to remain in power.