ECOWAS

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have abruptly withdrawn from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), citing it as a “sovereign decision.” The military regimes in these Sahel nations, grappling with jihadist violence and economic challenges, have strained relations with ECOWAS since recent coups. Facing suspensions …

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Source: IE Context: In the ongoing crisis in Niger, where a military coup ousted the president, ECOWAS has been active. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional bloc established in 1975 with the goal of promoting economic integration among its 15 member countries in West Africa. Members: These countries include Benin, …

African Union suspends Burkina Faso over mutiny:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: The African Union (AU) has suspended Burkina Faso’s participation in the organization’s activities until the country restores constitutional order after the military mutiny.   What’s the issue? Like its neighbors Mali and Niger, Burkina Faso has been caught in …