A supporter of the Alliance Of Sahel States (ASS) holds a placard reading 'only the struggle set free' during a rally to celebrate Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger leaving the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Bamako on February 1, 2024. Photo: Ousmane MakaveliI/AFP.

A supporter of the Alliance Of Sahel States (ASS) holds a placard reading 'only the struggle set free' during a rally to celebrate Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger leaving the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Bamako on February 1, 2024. Photo: Ousmane MakaveliI/AFP.