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ECOWAS: West African bloc suspends Burkina Faso after Military Coup

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Burkina Faso in the aftermath of a military coup, making it the third member nation to be punished for a military takeover in only 18 months.

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The announcement from the bloc (ECOWAS) came days after the country’s military deposed the country’s elected President, Roch Kabore.

The soldiers also went on state television to announce a military takeover of the country, which they said was under siege from armed groups.

The military rulers said Kabore failed to stem the violence that has killed thousands during his time in power.

A delegation of ECOWAS defense chiefs will travel to Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou on Saturday, January 29, followed by a ministerial mission a few days later, the statement said;

Heads of ECOWAS member states will reconvene for another summit in Ghana’s capital Accra on February, 3 to discuss the findings of the two delegations.

Heads of ECOWAS member states will reconvene for another summit in Ghana’s capital Accra on February 3 to discuss the findings of the two delegations.

ECOWAS and its international allies have condemned the coup in Burkina Faso, which they fear could further destabilize a country beset by violence, but find themselves with limited leverage.

The bloc’s decision to not sanction Burkina Faso contrasted with its response to coups in Mali and Guinea, with which ECOWAS member states closed borders and imposed some economic sanctions after military takeovers in May and September.

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