BISSAU (Reuters) – West Africa’s regional bloc, the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS) deployed troops to Guinea-Bissau on Monday to assist stabilize the nation after a failed coup earlier this yr.
The 15-nation bloc introduced in February that it will deploy the power, a couple of days after President Umaru Sissoco Embalo survived what he referred to as an assassination try by drug traffickers.
“We thank ECOWAS heads of state for his or her… solidarity at a time when Bissau was grappling with upheavals linked to a number of makes an attempt to subvert constitutional and democratic order,” Defence Minister Marciano Silva Barbeiro mentioned at an inauguration ceremony within the capital Bissau.
The 631 troops will assist native forces shield public officers, establishments and civilians.
Guinea-Bissau has seen 10 coups or tried coups because it gained independence from Portugal in 1974.
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The tiny former Portuguese colony on the coast of West Africa is called a significant transit level for Latin American cocaine headed for Europe.
ECOWAS deployed an analogous mission from 2012 to 2020 after one other coup, to assist deter the navy from intervening in politics and shield political leaders.
(Reporting by Alberto Dabo; writing by Nellie Peyton; modifying by Philippa Fletcher)
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