Guinea junta come under Ecowas sanctions

APA – Accra (Ghana)

Heads of State and Government of the West African regional bloc Ecowas have announced sanctions on the junta in post-coup Guinea which includes travel bans on its leaders, APA can report from Accra on Friday.

A communique issued after an extraordinary Summit in the Ghanaian capital on Thursday evening by the Ecowas Commission said the sanctions are in accordance with the bloc's extant protocols and covers travel bans on all members of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) and their family members and of freezing of their financial assets.

West African leaders upheld Guinea's suspension from all ECOWAS governing bodies until the restoration of constitutional order and ensure the conduct of presidential and legislative elections within six months in order to restore constitutional rule in the country.

They called on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support the implementation of these sanctions.

The meeting resolved that no member of the CNRD is allowed to contest in the presidential election and that ECOWAS would “accompany Guinea in the swift resolution of the crisis and in the preparations for the elections”.

According to the communique, regional leaders also called on the African Union, the United Nations and development partners to endorse the decisions and support the restoration of constitutional rule in Guinea.  

The Authority also expressed its concern about the resurgence of coups after the coups in Mali in 2020 and 2021 and requested the Chair of the Authority to visit Guinea and Mali as soon as possible to convey in person the decision of the Authority.

Earlier, the ECOWAS Chair and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana urged his peers to discuss the situation in Mali and take bold decisions to restore democracy and peace in the region.

He also said that the summit would discuss the report of the high-level mission sent to Guinea last week after their virtual emergency meeting of September 8, 2021, following the ouster of President Alpha Conde by the Guinean military.

The one-day extraordinary summit was attended by regional leaders including Presidents Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of Ghana, Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, George Manneh Weah of Liberia, Mohamed Bazoum of Niger and Macky Sall of Senegal.

Others were Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo.


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