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Following Coups, ECOWAS Orders Troops to Mali, Guinea-Bissau

April 27 2012

Ivory Coast

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to send troops to Mali and Guinea-Bissau, where military coups have overthrown the civilian governments.

Meeting in Ivory Coast, ECOWAS leaders ordered on Thursday the deployment of a standby force to Guinea-Bissau, reports Afrique en Ligne.

Around 638 troops drawn from Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo will help withdraw an Angolan assistance mission and assist in a return to civilian rule,...

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