Nigeria: ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit in Abuja Tuesday

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An extra-ordinary summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS is expected to hold in Abuja Tuesday to deliberate on the crisis in Burkina Faso, PANA learnt from government sources here Sunday.

The one-day summit will be held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital, the sources said.

Indications are that the summit would be briefed by the regional mediators who have been in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, for days to seek a peaceful resolution of the crisis, which was triggered by last week's coup - undertaken by the country's presidential guard.

President Macky Sall of Senegal, who also holds the rotational chairmanship of the 15-member ECOWAS, and his Beninese counterpart, Boni Yayi, were dispatched by the regional bloc to meet with the stakeholders following the coup, which has attracted condemnations from ECOWAS, African Union, UN, US and France, Burkina Faso's colonial master, among others.

On Sunday, the mediators announced in Ouagadougou that they had negotiated a draft deal to end the crisis.

The draft deal includes a proposal to shift, by several weeks, the date of the 11 Oct. general elections and the reinstatement of interim President Michel Kafando, even though it seems the Prime Minister, Isaac Zida, could be excluded from the reinstated transitional government.

For their part, the country's new leader, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, as well as the presidential guard, will be granted amnesty from prosecution for toppling the interim government.

Also, as part of the deal, candidates with links to the country's former President, Blaise Compaore, could be allowed to participate in the transition. The exclusion of the Compaore allies and the supposed plan to disband the presidential guard helped trigger the coup.
-0- PANA SEG 20Sept2015

20 september 2015 23:16:31

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