ECOWAS suspends Guinea, sends mission to Conakry

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya: Guinea suspended AU

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended the membership of Guinea now under a military junta headed by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

Simultaneously, the regional bloc decided to send a fact-finding mission to Conakry, the Guinean capital today.

The mission will be led by by Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, with representatives from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and the ECOWAS Commission.

The decisions of the bloc were conveyed in a communique issued late Wednesday after a virtual meeting of the leaders.

The meeting was convened by ECOWAS Chairman Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to discuss the political developments in Guinea.

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The bloc called for the immediate restoration of civil rule in the country.

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

The regional bloc demanded that the “defense and security forces should maintain a constitutional posture.”

It reaffirmed its strong opposition to any political change by unconstitutional means and condemned, in the strongest terms, the coup in Guinea.

On Sunday, Mamady Doumbouya, a colonel, announced that his forces had arrested Guinea’s President Alpha Conde and dissolved the government and suspended the constitution.