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.
and Sierra Leone, the ad-hoc ministerial committee
which arrived in Niamey on Saturday, August 29, 2009
was mandated, among others, to work
with all political stakeholders in Niger,
including the National Council for Dialogue,
towards the restoration of dialogue and
consensus which characterized
the political environment before the current crisis.
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.Link here
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