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Burkina Faso suspended from Ecowas – sources

The West African regional body Ecowas has suspended Burkina Faso’s membership following this week’s military coup, diplomatic sources say.

The 15-member bloc held an online meeting to discuss how to respond to the ousting of President Roch Kaboré.

On Thursday evening the military ruler, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, said Burkina Faso needed its international partners more than ever.

Ecowas had already condemned the coup – the third in the region since last year.

The bloc has imposed sanctions on Mali and Guinea in a bid to see a swift return to civilian leadership.

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