West African bloc say they won’t abandon Burkina Faso after a coup

west african bloc say they wont abandon burkina faso after a coup
west african bloc say they wont abandon burkina faso after a coup

Burkina Faso’s military junta plans to remain in power for three years after a January coup, but West African bloc say they won’t abandon Burkina Faso after a coup

In contrast to neighbouring Mali and Guinea, where the military has seized control in the last 18 months, Burkina Faso has been suspended by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) but sanctions have not been applied.

Burkina Faso’s fight with an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands and driven more than one million people – roughly one in twenty – to evacuate their homes since 2015 may be a factor in the contrasting approach, but it’s not obvious why exactly.

In Ouagadougou, Burkina’s capital, Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said ECOWAS was concerned about the three-year transition back to democratic elections, but that the military leadership had explained their reasoning. She led the team.

“Burkina Faso’s difficulties and issues are our concerns, too. As Burkina Faso struggles, ECOWAS would not turn its back on it “Ayorkor Botchway remarked after meeting Paul-Henri Damiba, the leader of the coup and interim President.

ECOMOG has called for the release of Kabore, the former president of the Republic of Benin, who has been detained since the coup nearly two months ago. When asked if he was in a good mood, Ayorkor Botchway replied, “Damiba gave us permission to visit him.”

Along with Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso has had to deal with terrorist strikes in recent years attributed to al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

People are losing faith in democratic governments because of the escalating violence, which many believe they are ill-equipped to handle.