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ECOWAS lifts economic, travel sanctions on Niger, others
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ECOWAS lifts economic, travel sanctions on Niger, others

ECOWAS leaders The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on the Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, member states that are ruled by the military, according to The Cable report. The ECOWAS officials said on Saturday [Feb. 24], that the decision was based on humanitarian concerns, particularly given the Lent season and the approaching month of Ramadan. The West African regional bloc has invited all four countries to an imminent meeting. The bloc has eased the sanctions it placed on Niger after the military takeover last year. The move forms part of a renewed drive for diplomacy following a series of political crises in the area in recent months. “ECOWAS lifts economic sanctions, border clos...
Diplomatic Tensions Rise as Burkina Faso Considers Consultation with Mali and Niger on Trade Decisions
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Diplomatic Tensions Rise as Burkina Faso Considers Consultation with Mali and Niger on Trade Decisions

In a move that has potential diplomatic ramifications, Burkina Faso's Military leader, Ibrahim Traoré, has announced that his country will engage in consultations with Mali and Niger to make a final decision on whether to permit Ghanaian traders and other West African nationals to conduct business within their borders. Traoré affirmed Burkina Faso's commitment to pan-Africanism, expressing openness to Africans wishing to visit the country. However, he stated that a conclusive determination on trade matters, particularly involving Ghana, Nigeria, and other West African countries, would be reached after consultations among the leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. "We remain pan-African. Anyone in Africa or an African who wants to come to Burkina is welcomed. We will decide what measur...
Niger Coup: Onion trucks stranded in Burkina Faso
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Niger Coup: Onion trucks stranded in Burkina Faso

Articulator trucks fully loaded with onions are stranded in Burkina Faso with traders calling for government's intervention. The about 37 trucks are said to have been stranded in Burkina Faso for almost two weeks waiting for escort by the Burkina Faso security into Ghana. Some traders told the Ghana News Agency that the trucks, which had loaded from Niger through Benin to Ghana, decided to go through Burkina Faso following the closure of the Benin border. “Because of the closure of the Benin border, most of our truck drivers thought if they go to Burkina Faso, they will get their soldiers to escort them to the Ghana border. Because of terrorist activities in the area, you need military escort, but it is over a week now and they are still stranded there. We are facing a lot of pro...
Ghana defends asylum policy after UN criticism
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Ghana defends asylum policy after UN criticism

National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah said Accra is following international protocol on its asylum policyImage caption: National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah said Accra is following international protocol on its asylum policy Ghana has defended its policy of sending asylum seekers back to Burkina Faso, after the UN refugee agency urged it to stop deportations. Ghana's national security ministry said suspected terrorists and illegal migrants were being repatriated in accordance with international protocols. And it claimed refugees were only being sent back if they were willing to go. Burkina Faso is in the grip of an Islamist insurgency and Ghana is concerned that the militants could take advantage of the flow of refugees to infiltrate its territory. Source...
The IDEA innovation days successfully launched in Burkina Faso
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The IDEA innovation days successfully launched in Burkina Faso

After Mozambique, it is now Burkina Faso’s turn to benefit from the Innovations days developed by IDEA (https://D4Dhub.eu/IDEA-project). The IDEA Project strengthens civil society organizations and academia in Africa to participate in inclusive digital transformation through the innovation days as well as capacity building and synergy creation. The IDEA Project aims at empowering digital ecosystem collaboration between Europe and Africa. The innovations days are designed to bring together players civil society organizations and academia to collectively build the solutions to the challenges of the digital transformation. Over 75 participants from the Burkina Faso digital ecosystem gathered in Ouagadougou to discuss the challenges, share best-practices, co-create solutions to advance ...
Thomas Sankara is to be reburied later this month
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Thomas Sankara is to be reburied later this month

Sankara was seen by his supporters as incorruptibleImage caption: Sankara was seen by his supporters as incorruptible Burkina Faso's transition government has announced that the remains of President Thomas Sankara and his 12 companions, assassinated on October 15, 1987, will be reburied later this month, at the Thomas Sankara Memorial in the capital, Ouagadougou. This decision is the result of consultations among the Armed Forces, the families of the victims, the customary and religious authorities, and the International Committee of the Thomas Sankara Memorial, according to a statement issued on Friday. The bodies of Sankara and his companions of the People's Democratic Revolution (RDP) were exhumed on 25 May 2015 as part of a judicial process to make sure the remains were i...
Ghana and Burkina Faso reaffirm commitment to joint fight against terrorism
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Ghana and Burkina Faso reaffirm commitment to joint fight against terrorism

The two countries reviewed the strong cooperation between them and clarified to their mutual satisfaction recent claims by Nana Akufo-Addo that Russian mercenaries are operating at the northern borders  Ghana's National security minister Albert Kan-Dapaah met with Burkina Faso leader Ibrahim Traore Ghana and Burkina Faso have reaffirmed their commitment to work together in fighting terrorism in the West Africa region. Ghana’s National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah disclosed this to journalists in Ouagadougou on Wednesday 21 December 2022 after conveying a message from President Nana Akufo-Addo to the Burkinabe leader Ibrahim Traore. Kan-Dapaah led a high-level delegation from Ghana, which also included security chiefs and officials from the ...
State TV off-air amid gunfire in Burkina Faso
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State TV off-air amid gunfire in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso state TV is currently off-air, BBC Monitoring confirms, amid heavy gunfire in the capital Ouagadougou. There are soldiers along the main avenue leading to the presidency, and some areas near buildings around the national radio have been restricted. Burkina Faso saw a military coup in January this year, with Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba seizing power. On Thursday, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in the western Burkina Faso city of Bobo Dioulasso to demand his resignation. The protesters reportedly blamed Damiba for the chaotic management of the security situation. Source: BBC
Heavy gunfire in Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets
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Heavy gunfire in Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets

President of Burkina Faso Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba visits 14th Inter-Arms Regiment soldiers in Djibo, Burkina Faso September 29, 2022, in this still image obtained from a video. Burkina Faso Presidency/REUTERS TV via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. Heavy gunfire rang out from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso's capital on Friday and a large blast was heard near the presidential palace, Reuters reporters said. Soldiers took up positions along the avenue leading to the presidency and blocked access to administrative buildings and the national television, which had stopped broadcasting, Reuters said. A government spokesman could not be reached. It was not clear yet if this was a coup attempt bu...
Isaac Oppong gives Asante Kotoko first leg advantage over RC Kadiogo
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Isaac Oppong gives Asante Kotoko first leg advantage over RC Kadiogo

Asante Kotoko, earned a first leg advantage over RC Kadiogo in the CAF Champions League preliminary stage clash on Monday, September 12. The Reds scored a late winner through winger, Isaac Oppong at the General Kerekou Stadium in Cotonou, Benin. The Burkina Faso side looked the stronger side early into the game as they pressured the Ghanaians but Seydou Zerbo’s side were on hand to hold off the pressure from the opposition. The Porcupines threatened on a number of occasions through new signing, Steven Mukwala but the forward was unable to find the back of the net. With just minutes away from the full time whistle, Isaac Oppong ensured the Kumasi-based side returned to Ghana with the all important win as he found the back of the net with his effort. The win on Monday mea...