By Damilola Oyedele
The Summit of the Authority of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS have restated their demand that the military junta in Guinea Bissau restore the country to democratic rule or face diplomatic and economic sanctions which have already been imposed against it and its associates.
The body also said it would sanction attempts from any quarters to destabilize the transition process in Mali, while condemning recent clashes in Bamako, the Malian capital.
These decisions were contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the ECOWAS Extra-ordinary Summit held in Dakar on Thursday.
In the communiqué made available to THISDAY in Abuja yesterday, the Authority of Heads of States and Government noted the some measures would be taken to restore Guinea Bissau to democracy with the assistance of ECOWAS.
These measures include a review of legal texts, constitution and electoral code to achieve greater efficiency; the reform of the defense and security sector and other reforms with a view to preparing the ground for the holding of fresh elections to choose a substantive president by the end of the transition.