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Week With Joy: ECOWAS Announces Lifting of Sanctions on Niger, Easing of Sanctions on Mali, Guinea

The decision of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was announced shortly after Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, who recently established the Alliance of Sahel States (AES), announced the decision to withdraw from the ECOWAS.
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced last week the lifting of severe economic sanctions imposed on Niger and "lifting financial and economic sanctions against the Republic of Guinea" and "lifting restrictions on the recruitment of citizens of the Republic of Mali for positions within ECOWAS institutions."
Niger came under the bloc's sanctions after the military coup in the country in July 2023, during which General Abdourahamane Tiani ousted and detained Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum.
A year after Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya seized power from Guinea's President Alpha Condé in September 2021, ECOWAS has prohibited financial transactions with its member institutions.
Mali was subjected to the bloc's punitive measures in response to two coups in the country in 2020 and 2021. The sanctions were lifted in July 2022 after Mali's military leadership announced its transition timetable.
What was the reaction of these states to the ECOWAS decision? What does it mean for their future relations with the bloc? What is behind this decision?
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