S.Africa Lauds ECOWAS Anti-coup Drive
Sumaira FH Published April 29, 2022 | 10:40 AM
Pretoria, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Apr, 2022 ) :South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday praised West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS for developing what he called a "decisive" anti-coup strategy.
The continent has "a lot to learn in the way that ECOWAS is dealing with these matters much as it is experiencing a spate of these coups".
"The determination and the decisiveness of the leadership in ECOWAS is something that stands out as a very good example for the rest of the continent." ECOWAS has deployed a "stabilising support force" in Guinea-Bissau following a reported coup bid in February that claimed 11 lives.
Guinea-Bissau army spokesman Usmane Kuyate confirmed the arrival of a vanguard of the ECOWAS force.
"We have little information about this force, especially about its deployment on the ground," he told AFP. "Some of it has already arrived, the rest is still on the way." ECOWAS previously deployed a stability and security force in Guinea-Bissau after the 2012 coup that overthrew prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior.
That force left the country in 2020.