The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has today suspended Burkina Faso from the association but is yet to impose sanctions.
After an extraordinary meeting today, ECOWAS called on the new junta in Burkina Faso to release ousted president, Roch Kabore and other officials detained during Monday’s coup.
The coup makers in Burkina Faso, who call themselves the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), have detained Kabore, accusing him of failing to contain a worsening security crisis that has seen fighters linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) assert control in parts of the country.
The bloc is set to hold another summit in Accra, Ghana on February 3rd, 2022.
ECOWAS had earlier suspended and imposed sanctions on Burkina Faso’s neighbors Mali and Guinea due to coups that happened in the countries in August 2020 and September 2021, respectively.