On the side of political discussions about Guinea’s future, other negotiations are underway, in the shadows, about Alpha Condé’s fate. The ousted president is still being held by the junta. He was able to receive the ECOWAS delegation’s visit at the end of last week, but at the moment Alpha Condé refuses to hand over.
Military junta has left a letter of resignation to Alpha Condé which he stubbornly refuses to initial. “I do not see him signing this paper”, understands a diplomat from the region who adds a little surprised: “He thinks he is still president”. Alpha Condé’s austerity is such that he, according to another source, would have requested on Friday, September 10to the ECOWAS mission that the sub-regional organization re-establishes him in his function as head of state.
“There is a first psychological movement to be made on his side,” one in the entourage told a president. How can you convince him to give up? The issue will no doubt be discussed this Thursday, 16 September, at a new ECOWAS summit for Guinea. The West African heads of state will study that day in the Accra report on the mission that went there on Friday. The delegation had on this occasion again demanded the release of Alpha Condé.
The hypothesis of a departure to Congo-Brazzaville If the soldiers have still not responded positively to this request, the latter seem to fear more and more the inconvenience of the former president. But several heads of state in the region are fighting for him to leave Guinea’s territory to preserve his security.
Alpha Condé may therefore leave the country in the short or medium term, but his destination is still being discussed. Among the hypotheses mentioned, Brazzaville’s thoughts seem to be gaining momentum. No wonder: Alpha Condé has stayed very close to Denis Sassou-Nguesso. On the Congolese side, we also say that we are ready to welcome it “with open arms”.
Before that, Alpha Condé could go through France before that. Paris has really given the green light to welcome it for a while. “For medical care or for something else,” said a diplomatic source. The French authorities have even made a service offer in this case: they say they are really ready to help find a solution.