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ECOWAS sets new poll deadlines for Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea

West African coup states – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea have been given new deadlines to ensure elections take place to return them into civilian rule. Leaders of the regional bloc, ECOWAS on Friday after their summit in Ghana’s capital Accra agreed to give Mali’s military transitional government 12 to 16 months to hold elections. In a statement the heads of state decided “to send the Mediator to Mali to continue and finalise the discussions on the chronogramme with the Transition Authorities.” The leaders in the meantime decided to “uphold…

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ECOWAS holds summit on Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali

– – The heads of state in West Africa are holding an extra-ordinary summit on Friday in the Ghanaian capital of Accra. The ECOWAS leaders will be discussing the political situation in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, where soldiers recently seized power. These three countries are already under sanctions after their coup leaders failed to comply with ECOWAS directives to quickly return the countries to civilian rule. There have been ongoing negotiations to resolve the crisis in the three countries. ECOWAS in a statement said the heads of state will…

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ECOWAS leaders meet over resurgence of coups in the region

– – Ecowas leaders meeting in Ghana’s capital Accra for an extra-ordinary summit have expressed concerned about the resurgence of coups in the region. They fear the worrying trend could devastate the entire region if not tackled quickly as they discuss a way out in Thursday’s meeting. Last week soldiers seized power in Burkina Faso, ousting president Roch Marc Kabore. Already soldiers have taken over power in Mali and Guinea, a crisis ECOWAS is yet to resolve. On Tuesday there was another failed coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau where the president…

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Guinea-Bissau: Heavy gunfire at presidential meeting compound

– – Gunfire had been heard near a ministerial building in Guinea-Bissau where President Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam were having a meeting on Tuesday. One police officer has been killed in the gunfire in the capital Bissau, according to local media reporting. The firing though according to residents had now subsided after it was earlier reported that firing took place near the presidential palace. Military vehicles laden with troops have been driving through the streets of the capital to restore order. The military and police…

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Guinea: Ex-leader Alpha Conde released, moved to wife’s home

– – Guinea’s deposed president, Alpha Conde has been released by the ruling military junta after weeks of calls by the international community for that to be done. Mr. Conde is now reported by the soldiers to have been moved to his wife’s home in the capital Conakry. The ruling junta, the National Rally Committee for Development (CNRD), said in a statement broadcast on state television that the former president is now with his wife, Hadja Djene Kaba Condé. The military rulers said they would “continue to provide the former…

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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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Guinea’s coup leader sworn in as interim president

– – The man who toppled the Alpha Condé regime in Guinea last month has now been sworn in as the interim president. Col Mamady Doumbouya led a coup to overthrow President Condé who was just starting his controversial third term in office. 41-year-old Doumbouya now joins Mali’s Assimi Goïta, 38, as the continent’s youngest leaders – all through a coup. The military junta has already laid down plans towards returning the country to a civilian rule. Key among those plans is the formation of a transitional government to be…

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Guinea’s military outdoors plans towards a return to civilian rule

– – Guinea’s military leaders who seized power this month have laid down their plans towards returning the country to a civilian rule. Key among those plans is the formation of a transitional government to be headed by the coup leader, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya will be the interim president overlooking the transitional process towards elections. The transitional charter released on Monday provides for a government headed by a civilian prime minister and a national transitional council to temporarily serve as a parliament. The council will have 81…

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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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