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Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger withdraw from the regional bloc ECOWAS

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Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, three countries in west Africa, leave the ECOWAS regional economic grouping. On Sunday, news of their respective withdrawals was released.They said that the union was using “inhumane” sanctions to prevent the coup in their countries.In a statement, ECOWAS claimed not to have been informed of the country’s withdrawal decision.claiming that after 49 years of existence, the bloc has strayed from the ideals of its founding fathers and pan-Africanism. Moreover, “ECOWAS has become a threat to its member states and its population, whose happiness it is supposed to ensure,” as a result of foreign powers betraying its original principles. In a statement, ECOWAS stated that it was unaware of the country’s plan to leave the bloc.

According to procedure, the process of withdrawing can take up to a year.Authorities are still dedicated to finding a diplomatic way out of the current political impasse, and Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger continue to be significant members of the group. ECOWAS, a 15-nation bloc widely regarded as the leading political and regional authority in West Africa, was established in 1975 with the goal of “promoting economic integration” among its members. However, in recent years, the bloc has struggled to contain rampant corruption in the region, where residents have complained that they are not benefiting from abundant natural resources. It is reported that ECOWAS is rapidly losing credibility and support among citizens who consider it to be the exclusive domain of elites rather than the general public.

BY ; JESSICA OKAI