Regional envoy meets Guinean military junta, exiled president after coup

Reuters discusses how to restore the country to constitutional order when a soldier from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrives due to the Guinea crisis after soldiers expel President Alpha Condé in Conakry, Guinea on September 10, 2021. / Sreyman Kamala

September 10, 2021

By Saliou Samb

Conakry (Reuters)-A delegation from a major political and economic block in West Africa on Friday meets Guinea’s exiled President Alpha Condé and members of the military junta who defeated him, returning the country to a private-sector-led constitutional system. I wanted.

Conde, who has been in power since 2010, has been detained by the military junta National Rally Development Commission (CNRD) since the coup d’etat last Sunday.

“We met with members of the CNRD. Jean-Claude Brou, chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Committee, told reporters in the capital Conakry.

“We are obliged by other heads of state and will report.”

He did not provide any further details about the discussion. ECOWAS suspended Guinea’s accession on Wednesday, but did not impose further sanctions, saying it was waiting for the outcome of its mission to Conakry.

The third coup d’etat in West Africa and Central Africa since April has heightened concerns about a retreat to the military regime in the region, which until recently had begun to undermine the reputation of the “coup belt.”

The African Union supported ECOWAS on Friday by suspending Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies.

The ECOWAS delegation also included Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Bocchiway and Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry.

They planned to put pressure on the military junta to appoint a credible civilian prime minister as soon as possible to help bring Guinea back to constitutional order, officials told Reuters Thursday.

The military junta is headed by Colonel Mamadi Dunbowya, a former officer of the French Foreign Legion. He appointed an Army officer to lead the local administration and ordered the central bank and other banks to freeze all government accounts to secure national assets on Thursday.

Doumbouya and other special forces soldiers behind the coup on Sunday said they had expelled Conde because of concerns about poverty and endemic corruption.

The riot was blamed by partners, including the United States, who denied involvement on Thursday after a video of US soldiers appeared in a crowd of delighted Guineans when the coup unfolded on Sunday.

The US State Department said a small US team was involved in a joint military training exercise outside of Conakry.

“In light of changing security conditions, it was decided that the team would relocate to the US Embassy in Conakry. Guinean security forces provided escorts to Conakry to ensure a safe passage for the team.” Said.

(Additional report by Aaron Ross, written by Bait Felix and Aaron Ross, edited by Mark Heinrich, Kevin Riffy, David Gregorio)

Regional envoy meets Guinean military junta, exiled president after coup

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