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ECOWAS urges cooperation to end illegal fishing

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West African officials are saying that the scourge of illegal fishing can only be addressed with a regionally united front. They are calling for...

Mali’s junta feels sting of international isolation

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Mali’s military junta has backed itself into a corner. After the transitional government refused to hold democratic elections in 2022, the Economic Community of...

ISS: Beyond ECOWAS sanctions, how can Mali overcome the crisis?

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On 14 January, huge crowds gathered in Mali’s capital Bamako and other towns to denounce sanctions imposed on the country by the Economic Community...

Mali expels West African bloc envoy -foreign ministry

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Mali’s transitional government has given the special representative from West Africa’s main regional bloc 72 hours to leave the country over “actions incompatible with...

Guinea junta brushes off impact of ECOWAS sanctions

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The leader of Guinea's recent coup told a delegation of West African leaders he was not concerned about new sanctions imposed by the regional...

ECOWAS goes the sanctions route against Guinea and Mali

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West Africa's main regional bloc imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to...

‘Serious decisions’: West African leaders to hold summit on Guinea coup

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West African leaders will meet on Thursday to decide how to respond to the coup in Guinea and how to pressure the junta leaders...

West African regional bloc suspends Guinea after coup

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West Africa's main political and economic bloc suspended Guinea's membership on Wednesday following a weekend military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde and dealt...

Guinean political prisoners freed, regional bloc to discuss coup

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Guinea's military leaders have freed scores of political prisoners before a meeting of West African leaders to discuss their response to Sunday's coup that...

West African bloc suspends Mali over coup, but no new sanctions

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West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's coup and said authorities must stick to a timetable...

Top Malians resign

Mali's interim president and prime minister resigned on Wednesday, two days after they were arrested by the military, an aide to the vice president...

ISS: Slow progress for West Africa’s latest counter-terrorism plan

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With several task forces and initiatives already operating, securing commitment for one plan was never going to be easy. More than a year after adopting...

ISS: Côte d’Ivoire should learn lessons from past election crises

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A failure to link current and past electoral problems is leading the country down a democratic dead end. The crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has considerably...

ISS: Third terms for presidents of Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea must...

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Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire will hold presidential elections this October. The polls are vital for the countries’ stability. But the outgoing leaders of both countries...

Nigeria says Mali transition government yet to satisfy regional demands

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West African states are not ready to lift sanctions on Mali because the leaders of an 18 August coup have not yet satisfied all...

No ECOWAS/Mali agreement

West African mediators failed to persuade Mali military coup leaders to hand power to a civilian government during talks on Tuesday, the chairman of...

ISS: Dealing with crises in Africa – south vs west

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Civil society groups, opposition leaders and commentators ask why the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is quiet on crises such as those in Zimbabwe,...

“Disease” of Mali coup needs stamping out, say neighbours

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Mali’s West African neighbours said on Friday that sanctions they imposed over a coup there were needed to stamp out the “disease” of military...

Mali’s neighbours tell junta to transfer power to transitional govt

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Mali’s West African neighbours on Friday told the military junta which seized control ten days ago that it must transfer power to a civilian-led...

West African leaders to push Mali junta to hand over power...

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West African leaders seeking a return to democracy in Mali will on Friday demand that the military junta that ousted the president in a...

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