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After the coup, West African leaders hold an emergency summit

Urgent negotiations began after Burkina Faso became the third member of the ECOWAS and was overtaken by the military in less than two years.

The ECOWAS military chief flew to Ouagadougou on Saturday to meet with the junta, followed by a diplomatic mission led by Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorcor Bocchiway on Monday. (Reuters)

West African leaders have launched an important summit called to deal with the latest coups in areas suffering from a long history of poverty and turmoil.

The one-day meeting on Thursday will evaluate the results of two missions to Burkina after the coup.

Burkina Faso was suspended from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) after rebel soldiers arrested President Roch Marc Christian Kabolet in public anger over the treatment of the rebellion.

The question now is whether this country, ranked 182nd out of 189 countries in the United Nations World Development Index, will be spared economic punishment.

Urgent negotiations in Accra, the capital of Ghana, were triggered after Burkina Faso became the third member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on January 24 and was overtaken by the military in less than two years.

Following Mali, Burkina had a coup d’etat in August 2020, a second coup d’etat in May 2021, and Guinea, where President Alpha Conde, who was elected last September, was banished.

In addition to the turmoil in the region, Guinea-Bissau President Umaroshisokoembaro was shot on Tuesday, expressing concern that long-standing efforts to stabilize and democracy in West Africa may have failed.

ECOWAS has already imposed devastating sanctions on Mali and Guinea for hampering its commitment to regaining civilian rule.

These measures include border closures by ECOWAS members, embargoes on trade and financial transactions, and sanctions on individuals.

Sanctions have made Mali unable to respect the latest bond payments. This is a move that could be the first step towards default.

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Positive signs

The ECOWAS military chief flew to Ouagadougou on Saturday to meet with the junta, followed by a diplomatic mission led by Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorcor Bocchiway on Monday.

The initial reaction from the envoy was positive.

“They seemed very open to the proposals and suggestions we made. That’s a good sign for us,” Bocchiway said, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba and other juntas. Said after meeting the members of.

The meeting was attended by the United Nations Special Representative for West Africa and Mahamato Saleh Anadiff of the Sahel (UNOWAS), who described “a very candid exchange.”

The delegation especially met Cabore. The demand for Cabore’s well-being and release from house arrest is a major issue.

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During the visit, the junta declared that it had revived the constitution, which had been swiftly suspended after the coup, and appointed Damiva as president and head of the army during the transition.

On Tuesday, Damiba met with the party’s chief. Many of them said they were keen to participate in the restoration of civilian rule.

On the eve of the summit, the military government lifted the curfew from 9 pm to 5 pm nationwide.

However, key questions remain unanswered, including important election day issues.

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Source: AFP

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