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West African Nations of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso Withdraw from Ecowas Amidst Political Tensions

In a significant development, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso have declared their departure from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), despite already facing suspension from the bloc due to military coups and a call for a return to democratic governance.

The junta-led nations, founding members since 1975, cited a “sovereign decision” to withdraw, accusing Ecowas of straying from its founding principles and becoming influenced by foreign powers. The joint statement expressed dissatisfaction with Ecowas’ response to jihadist violence in their countries.

Despite tensions, Ecowas remains committed to resolving the political impasse through negotiation. The military leaders, now distancing from France and aligning with Russia, stressing the need for security restoration before elections. While Niger proposes a three-year transition, Mali delays elections, and Burkina Faso prioritizes the fight against insurgents.

Ecowas, awaiting formal withdrawal notices, adheres to a one-year notice requirement for member states leaving the bloc. The situation underscores the complex interplay of regional dynamics and security concerns in West Africa.

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