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ECOWAS to setup peacekeeping force to deal with coups

– – West African leaders have announced their intention to establish a regional peacekeeping force to deal with coups. The said peacekeeping force would also help deal with the surging militant activities in member states. West Africa has for the past two years witnessed several coups. The regional body wants to more to boost constitutional government in the region. ECOWAS… Read More
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Equatorial Guinea: Nguema to extend 43-year rule as voters go to the polls

– – Equatorial Guinea‘s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is seeking to extend his time in office as voters go to the polls on Sunday. Obiang Nguema is the world’s longest-serving president staying in power for 43 years. Over 400,000 people out of the 1.5 million population registered to vote in this year’s general election. Voters will also be electing 100… Read More
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Guinea’s ruling military proposes two-year transitional timeline

– – The ruling military in Guinea has now proposed to exit power in two years, according to government spokesman Ousmane Gaoual Diallo. This shorter timeline for a transition to elections of 24 months is a revision of the earlier a 36-month timeline. The regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had earlier rejected the 36-month transition… Read More
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Guinea: One shot dead amid protests against coup leaders

– – Anti-government protests broke out in Guinea on Thursday leading to at least one death and several others wounded. More than 100 protesters have also been arrested by authorities. The violent anti-government protests have been sparked by concerns that Guinea’s ruling junta is delaying restoring civilian rule. The opposition coalition has expressed regret at the death and injuries that… Read More
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ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Mali and Burkina Faso

– – West African leaders have announced the lifting of economic sanctions on Mali amid progress by the coup leaders there to transition into civilian rule. At their summit in Ghana’s capital, Accra the ECOWAS leaders expressed happiness at the new time table presented by Mali following months of negotiation. The ECOWAS envoy to Mali, the former Nigerian President, Goodluck… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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.… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More