Guinea Coup should Be Things of the Past - Akufo-Addo To ECOWAS
The coup has since been condemned by the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the French and other European governments, as well as the United States government
President Nana Addo Dankwa Addo-Addo who doubles as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has asked member-states to muster the courage to proffer sturdy solutions that will help reverse Guinea to a constitutional democratic rule.
The community on Thursday, September,16,2021 held an extraordinary summit on the political situation in the Republics of Guinea and Mali, in Accra.
“We are required to make informed decisions on the happenings in Guinea and Mali and I count on you, your excellencies to help proffer durable solutions to the crisis and I am confident that as in the past we will rise to the occasion,” President Akufo-Addo said in an opening remark.
The 15-nation regional body had earlier condemned the putsch, a third coup in West and Central Africa since April 2021.
The bloc further suspended Guinea from the decision-making in the organization last week and sent a mission to meet the coup leaders on Friday, September 10.
“The delegation went to Guinea on Friday, September,10, they met the military leaders and saw president Alpha Condé…they assessed the situation and reported back to us.
The report will be the basis of our deliberations in this emergency summit on Guinea. We will receive also a report from the mediator in the Malian crisis,” President Akufo-Addo told heads of state.
The junta in Guinea, led by Mamady Doumbouya, a former member of the French Foreign Legion, began holding consultations with various public figures and groups in the country including political parties and religious leaders on Tuesday.
It said at the time that the four-day talks would lead to the formation of a transitional government.
Doumbouya and the other soldiers behind the coup have said they ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and corruption, and because he was serving a third term in power only after altering the constitution to permit it.
The coup has since been condemned by the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the French and other European governments, as well as the United States government.
Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu