Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the three countries led by military regimes, announced on Sunday their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with immediate effect. The announcement was made via a press release read on Nigerian television.
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The ruling military regimes in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have decided to withdraw their countries, with immediate effect, from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a sub-regional organization with 15 members, they announced on Sunday, January 28. In a joint press release.
The leaders of the three Sahel countries, “bearing all their responsibilities in facing history and responding to the expectations, concerns and aspirations of their peoples, decide with full sovereignty the immediate withdrawal of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger from the African Economic Zone.” The statement read by government media in these countries said: “The Community of West African States.”
The three countries face similar problems of insecurity, jihadism, and poverty, and have had tense relations with ECOWAS since the military seized power there by force, in 2020 in Mali, in 2022 in Burkina Faso, and in 2023 in Niger.
The Economic Community of West African States is trying to stop the attacks and press for the return of civilians to power as quickly as possible. It imposed severe sanctions on Mali and Niger, going so far as to threaten to use force in the latter country. The three countries suspended their membership in their bodies.
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