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Guinea’s coup leader rejects ECOWAS appointed special envoy

– – Guinea’s coup leader, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya has rejected the appointment of Mohamed Ibn Chambas as a special envoy for his country by West African leaders. ECOWAS leaders at their extra-ordinary summit in Accra, Ghana decided to “appoint a Special Envoy to Guinea with a view to strengthening dialogue with the Transition Authorities towards a successful and short transition process.” But Doumbouya who is heading Guinea’s transition said in a statement on Tuesday that he is committed to do everything possible for the success of the ongoing transition. The…

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ECOWAS sanctions Mali coup leaders and their families

– – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday announced new sanctions on Mali’s coup leaders. At the end of their extra ordinary meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the ECOWAS leaders resolved to impose travel ban and financial asset freeze against the entire members of the Transition Authorities and the other transition institutions. These sanctions will also be imposed on the members of their families, according to a communique issued on Sunday. “The sanctions include a travel ban and a freeze on their financial assets. It further…

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ECOWAS leaders mourn victims of Sierra Leone explosion

There have been disturbing images from footage broadcast on local media outlets with charred bodies seen in the streets at the scene of the explosion. Vice-President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh who visited the scene of the disaster called it a “national disaster”. The head of Sierra Leone’s National Disaster Management Agency, Brima Bureh Sesay said “It’s a terrible, terrible accident,” he told local media in a video shared from the scene. – – Ecowas leaders meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra for an extra ordinary session of the authority of heads of state…

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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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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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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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