Envoys from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the Guinea crisis arrive to discuss ways to return the country to constitutional order after troops remove President Alpha Conde in Conakry, Guinea September 10, 2021 Was.
September 10, 2021
by saliu sambo
CONAKRY (Reuters) – A delegation from West Africa’s main political and economic bloc met on Friday with Guinea’s ousted President Alpha Condé and members of the junta, who called on the country to return to a civilian-led, constitutional rule. He overthrew them in hope.
Conde, who had been in power since 2010, has been detained by the National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD) junta since he staged a coup last Sunday.
“We met CNRD members. We also met with the former head of state,” Jean-Claude Brou, chairman of the Commission for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) told reporters in the capital Conakry.
“Because we’ve been mandated by other heads of state, we’re going to make a report.”
He did not give further details about the conversation. ECOWAS suspended Guinea’s membership on Wednesday but refrained from imposing further sanctions, saying it was awaiting the results of the mission to Conakry.
The coup, the third coup in West and Central Africa since April, has intensified fears of a slide towards military rule in the region, which had recently begun to give up its “coup-belt” reputation.
The African Union on Friday supported ECOWAS by suspending Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies.
The ECOWAS delegation also included Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Bochwe and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alfa Barry.
A highly placed regional official told Reuters on Thursday he planned to pressure the junta to appoint a credible civilian prime minister as soon as possible to help return Guinea to a constitutional order.
The junta is led by Colonel Mammy Doumbouya, a former officer of the French Foreign Legion. It has appointed army officers to head the regional administration, and on Thursday ordered the central bank and other banks to freeze all government accounts to secure the state’s assets.
Doumbouya and other Special Forces soldiers behind Sunday’s coup said they had ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and endemic corruption.
Put has been condemned by partners including the United States, which on Thursday refused to join the Jubilant Guinea crowd after a video surfaced of US soldiers as the coup broke out on Sunday.
The US State Department said a small US team was involved in a joint military training exercise outside Conakry.
“Given the changing security situation, it was decided that the team would be transferred to the US Embassy in Conakry. Guinea security forces provided an escort to Conakry to ensure the safe passage of the team,” the department said.
(Additional reporting by Aaron Ross, writing by Bette Felix and Aaron Ross; Editing by Mark Heinrich, Kevin Liffy and David Gregorio)