Heads of State of ECOWAS Photo: Niger Presidency

The heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been in Niamey since the morning of Friday 8 November. They discuss the current situation in Guinea-Bissau.

The heads of state are behind closed doors to discuss the Bissau-Guinean crisis. During the extraordinary meeting, they will have to analyse the reports from a high-level ministerial committee. The said committee carried out a mission on 3rd November last to the country in crisis and its reports are submitted to the Heads of State for consideration. In his opening speech, ECOWAS Chairman-in-Office Issoufou Mahamadou said that it would be a matter of “reflecting on ways and means to support Guinea Bissau in holding peaceful, credible and transparent elections on 24 November 2019, in accordance with the provisions of the ECOWAS 2001 Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance”.

At the end of today’s conclave, the Nigerien President, an anti-third mandate in Africa, asserts, “the summit must send a clear message to the protagonists: ECOWAS cannot tolerate, for any reason whatsoever, the destabilisation of a Member State”. It should be noted that all the heads of state of the community are taking part in this summit.

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