Burkina Faso has been suspended by ECOWAS following a military coup.

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Burkina Faso has been suspended by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) following a military coup, making it the third member country to be penalised for a military takeover in less than 18 months.

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The decision was made on Friday, January 28, just days after mutinous soldiers forced democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to retire.

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The soldiers also announced a military takeover of the country, which they claimed was under siege by armed groups, on state television.


Kabore failed to stop the violence that killed thousands during his tenure in charge, according to the military overlords.


According to the announcement, an ECOWAS defense chiefs team will visit Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, on Saturday, January 29, followed by a ministerial mission a few days later. On February 3, the heads of ECOWAS member states will meet again in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to examine the results of the two delegations.


ECOWAS and its international allies have criticized the coup in Burkina Faso, fearing that it will further destabilize the country already afflicted by Islamist violence, but they have limited leverage.


The presidents of West Africa met virtually yesterday to discuss the Burkina Faso coup, and a group was due to fly to Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, in the following days.

The current ECOWAS chairman, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, described the recent string of coups in West Africa as “a flagrant violation of our democratic precepts.” He stated, “The rest of the world is looking up to us to be resolute on this issue.”


When the bloc’s members meet again next week, they may decide to censure Burkina Faso.

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