Military coup: ECOWAS mission to visit Guinea

Following the military coup in Guinea, a mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will visit the country today (Thursday).

A communique issued late Wednesday evening after a virtual meeting of the organization, convened by its chairman, Nans Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said it was meant to discuss the political situations in Guinea.

According to the communique, the visit to the country by ECOWAS mission would be led by Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchweu with representatives from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the ECOWAS Commission.

Participants at the meeting suspended Guinea membership and suggested for the immediate restoration of civil rule in the country.

Likely coup in Guinea as soldiers detain President Conde

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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