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ECOWAS Decides To Maintain Military, Police Missions In Gambia

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H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
President of Ghana and Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority

By Mustapha Ceesay

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to maintain its military (ECOMIG) and police components in The Gambia.

The regional bloc said the decision taken at an Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority is meant to consolidate stability in The Gambia.

“The Authority further decides to maintain the military and police components of the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) to consolidate stability in the country,” the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS said in a final communique following the summit on 3rd February 2022.

It was convened in Accra, Ghana, under the chairmanship of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority.

The summit was convened to examine the recent political developments in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali with a view to ensuring the restoration of constitutional order in these countries, following the ascension to power by the military.

The Authority also firmly condemned the attempted coup d’Etat in Guinea Bissau on 1st February and expressed solidarity with President Umaro Sissoco EMBALO and the people of Guinea Bissau, as well as decided to deploy a force with a view to supporting the stabilization of the country.

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