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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...
Algeria proposes six-month transition period for Niger
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Algeria proposes six-month transition period for Niger

Algeria has proposed a six-month “reasonable median period” to restore constitutional and democratic order in Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa. In a public document which it described as President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s initiative to resolve the Niger crisis, Algeria recommended a political solution under the leadership of a “consensual civilian figure” to ensure a return to constitutional order within the proposed period. It said the political solution to the Niger crisis was possible and proposed the granting of adequate guarantees to all concerned parties to ensure the sustainability and acceptance of that solution. “The Algeria initiative aims to enable all possible political solutions to be envisaged (elections, the return of President Bazoum, an inter-Nigerien agr...
Niger coup: Why commit our limited resources to a war we may not win – Togbe Afede
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Niger coup: Why commit our limited resources to a war we may not win – Togbe Afede

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, has joined the chorus urging the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) not to resort to force in reinstating constitutional rule in Niger. He emphasised that a diplomatic approach should be favoured over the option of military intervention being contemplated by the regional body. Togbe Afede XIV shared, “Wars are not easily won; what is happening in Ukraine should provide valuable lessons for us. Diplomacy should be our path. I have no doubt that… we should avoid committing our limited resources to a war that’s unlikely to yield victory.” Speaking at the launch of the 2023 Asogli Yam Festival in Accra, Togbe Afede XIV also encouraged traditional leaders to contribute to the resolution of chieftaincy disputes ...
The unintended consequences of severing electricity supply to Niger amidst recent coup
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The unintended consequences of severing electricity supply to Niger amidst recent coup

“Niger's economy is based largely on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world's largest uranium deposits. Niger in perspective Drought cycles, desertification, a 3.4 per cent population growth rate and the drop in world demand for uranium have undercut an already marginal economy. Traditional subsistence farming, herding, small trading, and informal markets dominate an economy that generates few formal sector jobs. A least developed and low income economy”, for that matter.Four basic questions There are four (4) basic questions demanding answers from the ECOWAS Leaders on the decision to severe electricity to Niger: Is this the kind of country you opted to deny electricity access because of the recent coup, Where is the intercept of your action with the Sustainab...
Niger military junta causes sharp increase in onion price, traders
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Niger military junta causes sharp increase in onion price, traders

The price of onion in the Sunyani market has increased as a result of the Niger military junta that has led to boarder closures leading to the lock-up of trucks supposed to covey the vegetable from Niger through Burkina Faso to Ghana. In view of that, consumers, and onion sellers in response to a Ghana News Agency (GNA) market survey in Sunyani appealed to the government and members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate as a matter of urgency to ensure adherence to the free movement of goods and services protocol by particularly security agencies of Niger, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. According to them, that would allow trucks loaded with edible products, especially onions and others from those countries into Ghana since the price of onion keep rising i...
Niger soldiers declare coup on national TV
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Niger soldiers declare coup on national TV

Soldiers in the West African country of Niger have announced a coup on national TV. They said they had dissolved the constitution, suspended all institutions and closed the nation's borders. Niger President Mohamed Bazoum has been held by troops from the presidential guard since early on Wednesday. He was promised Washington's "unwavering support" in call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also said he had spoken to the president and offered the UN's full support. Mr Bazoum is a key Western ally in the fight against Islamist militancy in West Africa. Two neighbouring countries, Mali and Burkina Faso, have experienced coups triggered by jihadist uprisings in recent years. In both countries the new military leaders have ...
CHAN 2022: Samuel Uwikunda to referee Ghana’s quarterfinal clash against Niger
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CHAN 2022: Samuel Uwikunda to referee Ghana’s quarterfinal clash against Niger

CAF has appointed Rwandan Referee Samuel Uwikunda to officiate Ghana's TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarterfinal match against Niger on Saturday, January 28, 2023. He will be assisted by Hensley Danny Petrousse from Seychelles and Dieudonne Mutuyimana also from Rwanda. The fourth official for the game is Abongile Tom from South Africa, and Cameroon's Rodrigue Menye Mpele is the reserve assistant referee. Boussairi Boujlel from Tunisia is the Match Commissioner with Mustapha Slaoui from Morocco as General Coordinator. The Match will kick off at 8:00pm (7:00pm GMT) at the Complexe Olympique d'Oran, Oran.
Ghana gifts Niger electoral materials
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Ghana gifts Niger electoral materials

Ghana has presented 100,000 units of election thumbprints pads to the Republic of Niger to support its second round of Presidential elections scheduled for Sunday, February 21. Mr Jonathan R. Magnusen, Ghana’s Ambassador to Niger, handed over the materials to the Niger Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) at a short ceremony at Niamey on Wednesday. In a press statement, Mr Magnusen said Ghana was satisfied with the democratic path embraced by the people of Niger, which resulted in the elections of December 2020, hailed by stakeholders as generally free, fair and credible. He said the high turnout at the elections, particularly the participation of women, was a demonstration of the will of the people of Niger to reinforce and consolidate democracy, good governance,...
WAFU Cup of Nations: Charles Bulu to handle Niger-Benin clash
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WAFU Cup of Nations: Charles Bulu to handle Niger-Benin clash

Ghana’s Charles Benle Bulu will be the centre referee on Monday when Niger take on Benin in the ongoing WAFU U-17 Cup of Nations in Kegue, Togo. Bulu will be assisted by fellow Ghanaian, Tijani Mohammed (Assistant Referee I), Efosa Celestine Igudia from Nigeria (Assistant Referee II) and Quadri Ololade Adebimpe from Nigeria (Fourth Official). Sabine Marie Isabelle Tall Zoungrana from Burkina Faso will be the Match Commissioner, While, Kokou Djaoupe from Togo serves as Referee Assessor. Other officials for the game include: Klussey Delali Yvette - General Coordinator - Togo Joseph Mintah - Technical Study Group - Ghana Abouba Hainikoye Ismael - Media Officer - Niger Boureima Boubacar - Assistant General Coordinator - Niger Serge Innocent Bailly - CAF Competition...