Mali coup ‘contagious’ ECOWAS president Nana Akufo-Addo warns


The president of Ghana has warned that West Africa is in great danger as a result of recent coups in the region.

At a key meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), Nana Akufo-Addo – the chair of the regional body – described last year’s military takeover in Mali as “contagious”.

He said there was a need to respond collectively and decisively to stop the trend from devastating the entire region.

The Ecowas meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, was called in response to last month’s coup in Burkina Faso.

Last year the 15-member bloc imposed sanctions on Mali and Guinea following military takeovers there.

Adding to the region’s turmoil was a gun attack on Tuesday on the president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo. Officials described that as an attempt to seize power.