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Guinea: ECOWAS sanctions coup leaders and their families

– – The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Thursday imposed sanctions on soldiers who carried out the coup in Guinea. The coup makers and their families are to be subjected to travel ban and their assets frozen. In a communique issued after the regional leaders met in Ghana’s capital, Accra for an extra-ordinary summit, Ecowas upheld the “suspension of Guinea from all Ecowas governing bodies until restoration of constitutional order.” The leaders said the imposition of sanctions on the coup makers was “in accordance with extant ECOWAS protocols, of…

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Guinea: Former PM warns against sanctioning coup leaders

– – As leaders of the West African regional bloc Ecowas prepare to decide whether to sanction Guinea over recent military takeover, a former prime minister of the country has said it will be a bad idea. Cellou Dalein Diallo who is also a leading opposition figure is asking ECOWAS not to impose economic sanctions on Guinea’s new military regime. He told AFP that the recent coup is “welcome development” and that “The junta does not deserve to be sanctioned because it put an end to a situation of lawlessness.”…

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ECOWAS suspends Guinea, demands Alpha Conde’s release

– – Guinea has been suspended by regional bloc ECOWAS for recent coup carried out by soldiers. The West African nation can no longer participate in ECOWAS activities until it returns to constitutional rule. ECOWAS leaders have also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of ousted President Alpha Conde. At the end of their extraordinary summit held by video conference, the regional leaders condemned Sunday’s coup against the Conde government and also demanded a return to constitutional order. An ECOWAS mission led by Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ghana is to visit…

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Africa Business West Africa World 

West African countries to adopt single currency in 2027

– – Ecowas leaders have agreed to now work towards launching a single currency by January 2027. The West African regional bloc had planned to adopt the currency called Eco in 2020 but said the road map was disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday however the West African leaders at a summit in Ghana’s capital, Accra agreed a new road map to launch the single currency. ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou told reporters that the pandemic meant a new strategy had to be adopted. “We have a new…

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Africa World 

Ecowas leaders meet in Accra for 59th ordinary session

– – Ecowas leaders have gathered in Ghana’s capital, Accra for the 59th ordinary session of the authority of heads of state and government. Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, who is chair ECOWAS is presiding over the meeting which will also discuss issues of security in the region. Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator to Mali, is expected to present a report on his latest working visit to that country. The Heads of State and Government will also receive a report on ECOWAS institutional reforms,…

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Guinea and Senegal sign deal to reopen land border

– – Leaders of Guinea and Senegal have signed a deal to have their land border closed for months re-opened. A signing ceremony was held at the 59th ordinary session of the Ecowas authority of heads of state in Ghana’s capital, Accra on Saturday. The land border between Guinea and Senegal was closed last year ahead of elections in September 2020 in Guinea. Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde had said the border was closed for security reasons. Several discussions to end the crisis and have the border reopened have been fruitless…

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Africa Mali West Africa World 

Mali coup leaders appoint new prime minister

– – Mali’s coup leaders have named Choguel Kokalla Maïga as new prime minister after last week’s military takeover. Transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta who is leader of the coup named the new prime minister after ECOWAS suspended Mali. The African Union also followed suit also suspending Mali from the group until civilian rule is restored to the country. Mali’s new prime minister, Maïga is a leader of the 5 June-Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP) movement. That movement took part in the overthrow of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last…

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ECOWAS suspends Mali over latest coup

– – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from the regional body over latest coup by the military. ECOWAS leaders have also ordered the military leaders who are currently in charge of the nation to restore the transitional arrangement put in place in August 2020. The hope is that this move will ensure that the troubled West African state returns to a democratic rule by February 2022. ECOWAS heads of state held an emergency extra-ordinary summit in Ghana’s capital Accra on Sunday for deliberations. In…

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Africa Mali World 

Ecowas leaders meet over political crisis in Mali

– – Ecowas leaders are meeting on Sunday in Ghana’s capital, Accra for an emergency summit to discuss the political crisis in Mali. The military in Mali led by Colonel Assimi Goïta has seized power and declared himself president. This follows the detention and subsequent resignation of the civilian interim president Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week. Both men were accused by the military of stalling the transition process in the country after last year’s coup that toppled President Keita. “In choosing between disorder and cohesion in…

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Ecowas left dazed by Mali’s political crisis as it looks for resolution

– – Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been left confused following Mali’s current political crisis. The country’s coup leaders on Tuesday announced that they had seized power once more, after relieving interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of their duties. On Monday the sacked president and prime minister for the transitional government were detained by soldiers. The soldiers reportedly were unhappy with a recently announced transitional government. In a statement read on public television on Tuesday, Col Assimi Goïta said President…

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