African states (ECOWAS)

Osinbajo speaks on ‘coup contagion’ in West Africa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reaffirmed its stance that there is no excuse for a change of government by coup d’etat. In a statement, Mr Osinbajo’s media aide Laolu Akande said the vice president spoke with journalists after the ECOWAS extraordinary summit on the political situations […]

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ECOWAS chairman calls for end to resurgence of coups in West Africa

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Thursday, called for a collective and decisive action to subdue the resurgence of political instability in West Africa. Opening the extraordinary summit by leaders of the regional body in the Ghanaian capital, Akufo-Addo urged the sub regional bloc to […]

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Mali’s ‘contagious’ coup may influence other West African countries: ECOWAS

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, said the coup in Mali was “contagious” and had led to subsequent coups in the region. Mr Akufo-Addo explained that Mali’s coup in August 2020, was followed by a second military coup in the West African nation in May 2020, […]

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Enforce preventive measures against coups, Falana tells ECOWAS

A senior advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to enforce preventive measures against coups in the sub-region. In less than 18 months, four coups have taken place in the West African region. The latest of the recurring coups is Burkina Faso, where military officers took […]

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Burkina Faso will return to democratic rule when conditions are right: Military

Burkina Faso’s new military regime, led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, says the West African country will return to constitutional order when conditions are right. “When the conditions are right, according to the deadline that our people will define in all sovereignty, I commit to a return to a normal constitutional order,” Mr Damiba said. He […]

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ECOWAS rejects 2025 proposed election date by Malian military council

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected December 2025 as the proposed date for elections in Mali.    “ECOWAS noted the strong rejection by the PSC of the timetable submitted by the Malian authorities scheduling presidential elections by the end of December 2025, qualifying this chronogram as unconstitutional, impermissible, inappropriate and an obstruction […]

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‘New sanctions inhumane’ – Mali’s military leader invites ECOWAS to dialogue

Mali’s military ruler, Assimi Goita has disclosed that the country is open dialogue with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the wake of new sanctions imposed by the regional body. Recall that member nations of the West African bloc took the decision at an extraordinary summit in Accra, Ghana on Sunday. ECOWAS rejected the […]

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Politicians’ actions responsible for coups in West Africa: UN

UN envoy Annadif Saleh says the resurgence of coups d’état, particularly in West Africa is often the consequence of political practices out of step with the aspirations of the populations. Mr Saleh, head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) said this while briefing the Security Council on Monday at UN headquarters […]

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Buhari receives Mali coup leader’s envoy

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, urged the transitional government in Mali to do everything within the tenets of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore constitutional order in the country. The President gave the charge when he received briefings from a Special Envoy of the Malian Transitional President, Col. Assimi Goïta, at […]

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ECOWAS Hope For Mali Civilian Transition ‘In Days’

West African leaders said they hope to see a civilian-led transition government installed in Mali “in days” after holding talks on Tuesday with the military junta that seized power in the fragile state last month. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped sanctions on Mali after the putsch, including closing borders and a […]

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