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Africa: Southern Africa Needs an ECOWAS

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Politics

Following moves by ECOWAS (The Economic Community of West African States) to defend democracy in West Africa Rumbidzai argues that [1]Southern Africa needs an ECOWAS: “The Southern African Development Committee [Community] (SADC) on the other hand has increasingly displayed its inadequacy to address similar issues. In 2008 when Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe lost an election to Morgan Tsvangirai and the subsequent runoff was marred by horrendous violence, SADC did not make a firm decision to respect the people‚Äôs choice.”