At virtual emergency ECOWAS meeting:Guinea President’s overthrow regrettable –Pres Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday chaired an emergency meeting of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss the political situation in Guinea.

The virtual meeting was convened by President Akufo-Addo, Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government to find ways to restore constitutional order in the West African nation.

The meeting was joined by the various political leaders in the sub-region as well as representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, among other stakeholders. 

Speaking at the opening, President Akufo-Addo said the overthrow of President Alpha Conde of Guinea last Sunday by a group of armed soldiers was regrettable and unfortunate.

He described President Conde’s overthrow as “a clear violation of our common charter of good governance in the ECOWAS Region.”

Military insurgency in the Guinean capital of Conakry last Sunday led to the ousting of the government of the country’s longest serving President.

According to media reports, gunfire erupted near the presidential palace in Conakry on Sunday morning. Hours later, videos shared on social media showed President Conde in a room surrounded by soldiers. 

The leader of the insurgents, Mamady Doumbouya, announced on state television in Guinea that poverty and endemic corruption drove his forces to remove President Conde from office.

“We have dissolved the government and institutions,” he said and pledged to rewrite the country’s constitution together with the people of Guinea.

BY YAW KYEI

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