Junta chiefs ‘turn their backs’ on West Africa bloc

by | Jul 6, 2024 | Top Stories

Niger’s military leader, speaking alongside the junta chiefs from Mali and Burkina Faso, has said they are “irrevocably” turning their backs on the wider West African bloc, Ecowas.The three men are meeting together for the first time to cement an alliance created in the face of opposition from neighbouring countries.Soldiers took power in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in a series of coups from 2020 to 2023.All three countries – which now form the Alliance of Sahel States – have been affected by jihadist violence, in part a reason given for the army takeovers.In January, they all announced a plan to leave Ecowas, which is holding its own summit on Sunday.Speaking at Saturday’s meeting in the Nigerien capital, Niamey, the country’s leader, Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani, said that in the place of Ecowas, the junta chiefs wanted to build a community of sovereign peoples “far from the control of foreign powers. A community of peace, solidarity, prosperity based on our African values.”Gen Tchiani is hosting the talks with Burkina Faso’s Capt Ibrahim Traoré and Mali’s Col Assimi Goïta.In a message on X, the Burkinabé leader said that “together, we will consolidate the foundations of our true independence”.Speaking at the summit, Capt Traoré went on to say that “this continent has suffered and continues to suffer from the fire of the imperialists. These imperialists have only one cliché in mind: ‘Africa is the empire of slaves’.”Security co-operation is high on the agenda, but the allian …

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