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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012

Jobs for the boys

Ecowas is often dysfunctional but choosing a Commissioner to succeed Victor Gbeho is proving truly problematic

The quarrel between Presidents Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin over the Economic Community of West African States is symptomatic of an organisation in need of reform. Both want the next president of the Ecowas Commission, the Secretariat in charge of its operations, to be one of their own nationals. Also on the list would be the murder of four journalists, including the Editor of the weekly L’Indépendant in December 1998.

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