Ecowas suspends Guinea following Sunday’s coup

Ghana's leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, is the Chair of the Authority of Heads of State & Gov't

The highest organ of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has suspended Guinea from all governing bodies of the bloc with immediate effect.

The decision was reached following an emergency summit called on Wednesday, September 8 by Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

The summit, Extraordinary Session, was held virtually.

Participating were 10 heads of state including Mr Akufo-Addo.

Nigeria was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Benin and Cape Verde being represented by their Foreign Ministers.

The Session was also attended by President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

A communique issued after the summit announced that a high-level Ecowas mission will be despatched to Conakry to assess the situation.

The Authority condemned the coup d’etat as it reaffirmed its “unreserved” opposition to any political change by unconstitutional means.

“The Authority calls for the immediate return to constitutional order and demands that the Defence and Security Forces maintain a constitutional posture.”

It demanded respect for the physical safety of President Alpha Conde, demanding “his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons”.

The coup was staged on Sunday, September 5 by members of the Special Forces of Guinea, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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