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ECOWAS lifts sanctions imposed junta-led countries

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced the lifting of economic sanctions placed on Niger.

Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea also had some sanctioned imposed on them lifted.

The decision was taken at the regional body’s summit held in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on Saturday.

The summit was for the Heads of State and Government to discuss the Political, Peace and Security situation in the region.

Ecowas said the economic sanctions were being lifted on humanitarian grounds.

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As a result the no flight zone sanction has been lifted, suspension of financial transactions between ECOWAS and the coup stricken countries also lifted.

Nigeria will also restore electricity to Niger Republic immediately as a result of the decision taken by the heads of state.

Political and targeted sanctions though remain on the four countries currently being led by soldiers who carried out coups.

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

Ecowas in a statement “further urges the countries to reconsider the decision in view of the benefits that the ECOWAS member states and their citizens enjoy in the community.”

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