West African leaders pledged support yesterday for
Reuters reports heads of state and government from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have met in
Until last year, the international community and investors had believed the area was emerging from decades of volatility, but a succession of coups, attacks and attempts by leaders to extend their rule have tarnished its democratic credentials.
Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua, who holds the rotating ECOWAS chairmanship, paid three months salary arrears to the armed forces in
“The authority agreed to organise in
The regional grouping also agreed on the need to send an ECOWAS team to assess the former Portuguese colony’s financial needs and how it could be supported in pushing through security sector reforms.
Analysts say radical military reform is the only way to end the cycles of violence, which have largely continued due to the military’s belief that it won a right to intervene in politics after playing such a key role in securing independence.
Some have called for the June 28 poll to be delayed after a leading presidential candidate and a former defence minister were killed by military police. Several candidates have also called for an international force.