Sierra leone UPSC NOTE

 What happened in Sierra leone?

  • On November 26, unidentified gunmen targeted the Wilberforce military barracks and several police stations and correctional centres in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

  • The Minister of Information and Civic Education declared the attacks in the capital as an unsuccessful coup attempt to overthrow the government. 

  • In August 2023, the Sierra Leone police had arrested several people, including senior military officers who were accused of planning violent attacks on government institutions. 

What is ECOWAS 

  • Since 2020, six African countries have undergone nine coups and coup attempts. 

  • Countries including Niger, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Sudan are under military rule.

  • The growing antagonism of people towards democratically elected governments paved the way for the junta to legitimise their takeovers.

  • The Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) intolerance towards unconstitutional takeovers was emphasised when the organisation threatened Niger with military intervention and levied economic sanctions. 

  • Sierra Leone is a member country of ECOWAS and hence if any security concern arises in the future.

  •  ECOWAS and the member countries will step in to maintain constitutional order

  • The visit from the ECOWAS’ delegates to the country highlights its commitment towards democracy

  • Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world and if a coup attempt is successful, the consequent ECOWAS intervention and sanction will be detrimental.

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