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ECOWAS to hold summit on political crisis in Niger

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ECOWAS leaders will on Saturday hold a summit to discuss the political, peace and security situation in Niger.

Niger is being ruled by soldiers who seized power last year ousting former president Mohamed Bazoum.

“The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has convened an Extraordinary Summit on the Political, Peace and Security situation in the Republic of Niger,” a statement from ECOWAS said.

The Summit will be held in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, according to the statement.

Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have already announced their withdrawal from the regional bloc ECOWAS as they accuse the body of threat.

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The three countries being led by the military said the decision taken in complete sovereignty will take immediate effect.

Ties between the three nations and ECOWAS have been strained since military power grabs took place in Mali in 2020 and 2021, in Burkina Faso in 2022 and in Niger in 2023.

ECOWAS suspended all three countries and imposed heavy sanctions on Niger and Mali.

“The ECOWAS Leaders will be considering and discussing the political situation and recent developments in the Region during the Summit,” the statement concluded.

Source: Africafeeds.com

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