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Military Juntas Exit Ecowas, Accusing Bloc of “Inhumane” Sanctions

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On January 28th, 2024, the world watched as a major geopolitical shift unfolded in West Africa. The military leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger announced their immediate withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional bloc promoting economic and political cooperation. This unprecedented move sent shockwaves through the region, raising concerns about its long-term implications for stability and development.

The Sahel region of West Africa has been in the spotlight for several years, grappling with issues of jihadist insurgency, poverty, and political instability. Recently, this instability has taken the form of military coups in three neighboring countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

Here’s a closer look at the military rulers leading these nations and the complex landscape they navigate:


Colonel Assimi Goita: Led two coups in 2020 and 2021, currently serving as President and head of the junta. Promises to restore civilian rule by 2024, but elections have been repeatedly delayed. Faces international pressure and sanctions for human rights abuses and cooperation with Russian mercenaries.

Burkina Faso:

Captain Ibrahim Traoré: Led a coup in September 2023, deposing Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba who himself came to power through a coup in January 2022. Justifies takeover as necessary to fight


Gen Tchiani declared himself the head of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland, the military junta set up after he seized power on July 23,2023.

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I'm Emmanuel Salaam Laar, also known as MERKOFFICIAL. I'm a blogger at LamarBlogspot, a Graphic designer, Bet Analyst, Sports expect with a background in Human resource management.

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