After the condemnation of the coup, the temporary suspension of Guinea and the sending of emissaries to the country to meet the junta and the overthrown President Alpha Condé, the leaders of the economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) made new decisions today in Accra.
At an extraordinary summit held in Accra on This Thursday, September 16 chaired by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, leaders made “informed” decisions on issues related to stability within the sub-region.
“We are required to take informed decisions on these matters that would have long-term consequences to the stability and the defence of democratic values of our region…I am confident that as in the past, we will rise to the occasion”, Akuffo Addo confided at the start of the Summit held at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel.
Therefore, the heads of state and government of ECOWAS have unanimously decided that the Guinean authorities organize elections within six months in order to bring the country back to constitutional rule.
They also imposed sanctions on individual members of the military junta that overthrew the government of President Alpha Condé on Sunday, September 5.
The junta of members of the Guinea Special Forces led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya seized power and detained President Condé.
Speaking to reporters in Accra after the extraordinary summit, ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Brou said the bloc was determined to support Guinea’s return to civilian rule.
Meanwhile, Doumbouya vows to form an inclusive government that will lead a transition to civilian rule, but he has refused to commit to a timeline. He also said he would listen to the international community and honor its agreements if they respect the country’s “integrity”, “dignity” and “sovereignty”.