ECOWAS peacekeeping force begins leaving Guinea-Bissau after 8 years of deployment

ECOWAS peacekeeping force begins leaving Guinea-Bissau after 8 years of deployment

Bissau (UNA-OIC) – The mission of the peacekeeping force of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Guinea-Bissau came to an end on Thursday after eight years of deployment in the country.

The peacekeeping force was deployed by the regional bloc in 2012 following a military coup against Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior after a disputed presidential election.

The Nigerian troops have officially begun to leave Guinea-Bissau after the Togolese forces had already left the country, while the Burkinabe and Senegalese forces are expected to follow them soon.

The force of about 1,000 soldiers was mandated to protect heads of institutions and public buildings. The authorities say Guinea-Bissau’s armed forces will now take over to ensure order and stability in the country.

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