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ECOWAS Suspends Guinea Over Military Coup, Read Why

According to a declaration issued late Wednesday, a team of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will visit Guinea on Thursday, which has been seized by a military coup.

Guinea's membership in the bloc was also suspended, and the bloc demanded the quick restoration of civil government in the country.

The declaration stated, "The authority expresses serious concern about the political developments in the Republic of Guinea following the coup d'etat of September 5, 2021, and their implications for regional peace and stability."

The regional bloc requested the quick restoration of civilian authority in Guinea, as well as the “maintenance of a constitutional posture” by the defense and security forces.

The communique was published during an ECOWAS virtual conference organized by ECOWAS Chairman Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to review the current events in Guinea.

The ECOWAS team will be led by Ghana's foreign minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, and will include representatives from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and the ECOWAS Commission, according to the communique.

It restated its adamant opposition to any illegitimate political change and condemned the coup in Guinea in the strongest terms possible.

On Sunday, Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya stated that his soldiers had detained Guinean President Alpha Conde and dissolved the government and national institutions.


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