Any recognition of the coup could incentivise future ones. Yet Alpha Condé can’t simply be restored to office, sweeping under the carpet the dubious basis on which he has retained power.
If the Economic Community of West African States is to be a champion for good governance, it should address the root causes of political instability and coups.
An effective regional approach to combating COVID-19 has seen Africa avoid the worst so far.
The porous borders of West Africa allow for the unregulated movement of thousands.
Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.
Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?
EU trade partnership is more important to some African countries than regional or continental trade.
Institutional problems make it difficult to satisfy livestock and crop farmers’ interests, already in contest over agricultural resources.
ECOWAS needs to be decisive in enforcing its protocols and sanctioning members that flout the provisions of its protocols and policies.
The sub-region’s approach to free trade agreements, whether in the form of economic partnerships with the EU or regional and continental integration needs a rethink.
The rejection of the bill on its merits means that Gambians will not get to see this version of the 2020 draft constitution in a future referendum.
Mali’s precarious political situation has been the subject of ECOWAS resolution attempts for months
The transition to a civilian government won’t be smooth.
President Alassane Ouattara (78) has been blowing hot and cold on whether he’ll be seeking a third term.
Leaders’ efforts to end conflict have been ineffective. Working through regional economic communities might be part of a better approach.
Nigeria’s pre-eminent position in Africa, lost to corruption and political patronage over the years, can be regained by putting its house in order.
The decision by eight Francophone states to delink their common currency from France won’t be without challenges.
The political crisis and any potential instability may once again force the military’s hand
Nigeria’s border closure is a panicked reaction which violates ECOWAS protocol.
Border closure is an implicit admission of the ineptitude and incompetence of Nigeria’s customs and immigration officers