ECOWAS deploys a stabilization force in Guinea to prevent coup

ECOWAS deploys a stabilization force in Guinea-Bissau to prevent coup in Africa.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa.

The force, tasked with protecting heads of institutions and public buildings, had ensured the country’s stability for eight years.

In September 2020, the Guinea-Bissau authorities believed that their mission was well fulfilled and that they could withdraw.

Seventeen months later, on February 1, President Embalo escaped a coup that left eleven dead.

One more coup in the region, after those of Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

Faced with the resurgence of these changes by force of arms, ECOWAS has decided once again to send a support force to stabilize the country.

631 men composed of Nigerian, Ivorian Senegalese and Ghanaian soldiers are already in Bissau.

The official deployment of troops is scheduled for Monday.

On 1 February 2022, Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo narrowly escaped a coup.

Embaló is a Bissau-Guinean politician serving the president of Guinea-Bissau since 27 February 2020.

The subregional institution decided at its extraordinary summit on 25 March in Accra to approve the dispatch of a support force for the stabilization of the country. It officially unfolds on Monday, June 20.

ECOWAS is not in its first peacekeeping operation in Guinea-Bissau.

It had deployed a force for stability and security after the Coup d’état of April 2012 that overthrew Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior, between the two rounds of the presidential election, of which the latter was the favorite.

The force, tasked with protecting heads of institutions and public buildings, had ensured the country’s stability for eight years.