ECOWAS Unity Put To Test As West African Coup Crisis Deepens

NAIROBI — A series of coups in Western Africa is putting the unity and capability of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to the test as it seeks to restore civilian rule in countries such as Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Niger. These four nations have joined forces to resist economic sanctions and potential military action by the other 11 countries within the bloc.

On July 26, the military junta in Niger placed President Mohamed Bazoum under house arrest, accusing his administration of mismanaging the country’s resources and allowing the security situation to deteriorate.

In response, ECOWAS imposed trade sanctions on Niger and even threatened military intervention.

But the ongoing political and security crises in Niger, as well as in Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali, are proving to be challenging for the other ECOWAS member countries.


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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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