Military coup: ECOWAS plans ahead to visit Guinea

Military coup: ECOWAS plans ahead to visit Guinea

Following Guinea’s military coup, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will send a team to the country today (Thursday).

The organization’s leader, Nans Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, convened a virtual conference late Wednesday evening to discuss the political situation in Guinea, according to a communique issued late Wednesday evening.

According to the announcement, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchweu would lead an ECOWAS team to the nation, which will include representatives from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and the ECOWAS Commission.

Participants at the meeting urged suspending Guinea’s membership and restoring civil rule in the country immediately.

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According to the communique, “The authority expresses deep concern over the political developments in the Republic of Guinea following the coup d’etat of September 5, 2021, and their consequences for regional peace and stability.”

ECOWAS, therefore, enjoined the defense and security forces to maintain a constitutional posture, while demanding for the immediate restoration of civilian rule in Guinea.

The communique reiterated its strong opposition to any political change by unconstitutional means and condemned the military coup in the country.

Recall that on Sunday, Mamady Doumbouya, a lieutenant-colonel, announced that his forces had arrested Guinea’s President Alpha Conde and dissolved the government and national institutions.

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