ECOWAS Suspends Burkina Faso Following Coup

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West African heads of state on Friday suspended Burkina Faso following a coup, but will not impose other sanctions for the time being.  

Confirming the decision, a participant at a virtual summit said.

ECOWAS also called for the new junta to unconditionally release ousted president Roch Marc Christian Kabore and other officials detained during Monday’s coup. The bloc would hold its next summit in Accra on February 3.

Burkina Faso is the third ECOWAS country to slip from democracy to military rule in the last 18 months after Mali and Guinea. Mali and Guinea have been suspended by ECOWAS, which has also imposed financial and border blockade against Mali after the Col Assimi Goita-led interim government announced a delay to the transition timetable following two coups in August 2020 and May 2021.

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