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Friday, 27 April 2012 - 10:10
Ecowas sends troops to Mali and Guinea-Bissau after coups
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West African leaders are sending troops to Mali and Guinea-Bissau to help return to civilian rule after coups.

The regional grouping Ecowas said after an emergency summit that it expected both countries to organise presidential elections within the next 12 months.

Between 500 and 600 troops will be sent immediately to Guinea-Bissau.

At least 3,000 regional soldiers are ready to go to Mali to support the transitional government's fight against rebels which control the north.

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