ECOWAS suspends Guinea from its post-coup procedure

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The situation in Guinea is being investigated on Wednesday by the heads of state for the ECOWAS summit in a virtual extraordinary summit, 72 hours after the coup that overthrew President Alpha Condé in Conakry and sanctions were announced.

No official statement has yet been issued by ECOWAS following this extraordinary summit, but according to Burkinabe’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry, Guinea is suspended from the Economic Community bodies in African states in Africa. The regional organization is also calling for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé and has decided to send a high-level delegation to Guinea as of tomorrow, Thursday.

From the opening of this virtual summit, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo had referred to a “clear violation” of the ECOWAS Charter of Good Governance and “an unfortunate and regrettable incident” in order to qualify the coup led by special forces, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. As of Sunday, ECOWAS had already condemned the military takeover and the arrest of President Alpha Condé.

The heads of state in the region also spoke about the transition that is taking place in Mali after sending an assignment there, which ended on Tuesday, and which expressed concern about the possibility of holding the elections on time. Presidential and legislative elections are to be held next February, 18 months after the coup in August 2020.

Following this coup, ECOWAS also suspended the country and mainly adopted economic sanctions.

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