Return to constitutional rule or face sanctions-ECOWAS to Conakry coup leaders

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The Economic Community of West Africa States(ECOWAS), has urged the military coup leaders in Guinea to return the country to constitutional order or face sanctions.

It has thus condemned unreservedly the attempted military takeover of The Guinean capital, Conakry that occurred on September 5, 2021.

“ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which have occurred in Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea. ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021,”it said.

“ECOWAS also demands a return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions,” it added.

This was contained in a Facebook post by the Chaiman of ECOWAS, Nana Akufo-Addo yesterday September 5, 2021.

Further to the above, the ECOWAS chairman demanded the respect for the physical safety of the President of the Guinean Republic, and his immediate and unconditional release.

“ECOWAS demands respect for the physical safety of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Conde, and his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons.” he indicated.

Guinean President, Alpha Conde was ceased  in an attempted coup detat on Sunday, September 5, 2021 by a group of military officers led by Col.Mamadi Doumbouya who is the head of the Special Forces.

Images which went viral, showed President Alpha Conde surrounded by some armed men and being driven away from the Presidential  Palace in the capital, Conakry.

President Alpha Conde had reviewed the constitution of the country earlier to enable his third term bid for the Presidency amid controversies and agitations from citizens.

In a short message to the state, the coup leader, Col. Mamadi Doumbouya is said to have indicated that;

“I’ Mamady Doumbouya and I’m forming CNRD which will steer the country through a Transition. I have dissolved the Parliament and Government. I’m ordering the suspension of the Constitution and ordered the closure of the land border and air space,” he said.

He further noted that his motive for the takeover is due to the rampant corruption, mismanagement and the hardship seen in the country.

Meanwhile, ECOWAS is reaffirming its objection to any unconstitutional political change and has asked the Guinean defense and security forces to remain in a constitutional posture.

The statement ends by expressing the ECOWAS Authority’s solidarity with the Guinean people and their Government.