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ECOWAS encountering another military junta

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April 15, 2012

The stage is set for ECOWAS encounter with another military junta, as a delegation from the sub-regional bloc arrives in Guinea Bissau on Monday, after the new military junta on Sunday announced the formation of a National Transitional Council (NTC).

Reports from the capital, Bissau said in a meeting with opposition political parties, the junta said they both agreed on forming the NTC and another meeting is slated for Monday to determine who will be on the transitional council and the duration of its tenure.

The council is to form a government of national unity during the transition period.

But the ruling PAIGC party, which was not part of Sunday’s meeting, is calling for the immediate and unconditional restoration of the deposed civilian government.

Guinea Bissau coup comes some three weeks after soldiers in Mali staged a coup, overthrowing President Amadou Toumani Toure and setting up a junta that came under strong international pressure. Junta leader Capt Amadou Sanogo was forced to handover back to civilians this week.

At the same time, top-level ECOWAS delegation is expected to arrive in Guinea Bissau on Monday in the wake of last week’s military coup.

The delegation is being led by the ECOWAS Commission President Desire Kadre Ouedraogo.

The Pan African News Agency (PANA) quotes ECOWAS sources as saying, Mr. Ouedraogo is due to deliver a letter from the chairman of the sub-regional bloc, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara to the military junta in Bissau.

Last week, UN Secrtary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have strongly condemned the military coup in Guinea-Bissau and demanded immediate return to constitutional order.

“The members of the Security Council firmly denounce this incursion by the military into politics,” the Security Council statement said at the weekend.

Guinea Bissau coup comes some three weeks after soldiers in Mali staged a coup, overthrowing President Amadou Toumani Toure and setting up a junta that came under strong international pressure. Junta leader Capt Amadou Sanogo was forced to handover back to civilians last week.

 


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