West Africa: Ecowas Plans Extra-Ordinary Summit in Abuja

Concord Times (Freetown)

Sahr Morris Jr

Freetown — ECOWAS Heads of State and

government are to meet on Saturday, 5th September 2009

in Abuja in an extra-ordinary summit to hold talks

on Niger which has been embroiled in a constitutional crisis.

The summit will consider the report of the

ad-hoc ministerial committee which was set up

by the Mediation and Security Council at

its last meeting on Monday,

August 24, 2009 in Abuja.

Specifically, the ad-hoc ministerial committee

was commissioned to gather all relevant information

that may assist in arriving at an accurate assessment

of the political situation in Niger;

hold consultations with the President of Niger,

government officials, civil society groups,

the media, traditional leaders and other

relevant political stakeholders in the country

as well as draw up a report and a set

of recommendations based on

the observations made during the mission.

The ad-hoc ministerial committee's report

is expected to include the status of political activists

who were detained for their opposition

to the actions of President Mamadou Tandja.

The Mediation and Security has since

called for their release.

The extra-ordinary summit is yet another

effort by ECOWAS leaders to have

the Nigerien authorities to respect the 2001

ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol

on Democracy and Good Governance

as well as the country's Constitution.

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