The ruling juntas in Burkina Faso and Guinea want more time to present a schedule for restoring civilian rule, West Africa’s regional bloc said, two days after a deadline expired. The Economic Community of West African States suspended Guinea and Burkina Faso after coups in 2021 and 2022 respectively. In March, it demanded the juntas put forward ‘acceptable’ timetables for returning to civilian rule, or otherwise face sanctions. The deadline for this was on Monday. ‘Burkina Faso wished to have additional time in relation to the deadline of April 25 in order to continue consultations on various issues,’ ECOWAS said in a statement. ‘Guinea presented recent developments concerning the transition process and wanted to have more time… to enable consultations to continue,’ it said.