Regional body ECOWAS has condemned the junta boys in Guinea for ousting the elected president. In a statement, ECOWAS says it notes with great concern the recent political developments which occurred in Conakry, Guinea. “ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021”, it said. ECOWAS demands respect for the physical safety of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons. ECOWAS also demands a return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions.
“ECOWAS reaffirms its objection to any unconstitutional political change. We ask the Guinean defense and security forces to remain in a constitutional posture, and express our solidarity with the Guinean people and their Government”, the statement which was signed by its current chair, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo concluded.
Meanwhile, the opposition coalition in the country including Cellou Dalein Diallo, leader of the opposition UFDG party has thrown their support for the junta leaders. In a statement, the opposition said September 5, 2021 is a day that marked the victory of their people and the failure of the dictatorial regime of Alpha Condé..
“Indeed, our army, represented by the National Committee of Rally and Development (CNRD), in a patriotic leap, took a historic act which complements the fight led by the National Alliance for Democratic Alternation (ANAD) and the other civil society activists of the country in love with justice and democracy.
Their motives are based on their aspirations of bringing the nation together, rebuilding the country, and the fight against corruption and impunity. This is why the CNRD is proud to support ANAD in the effort to build a peaceful democracy in our country”, the opposition statement ended.
83 years old President Condeh has been in office since 2010. He completed his second term and changed the constitution. He ran for a third term in an election that was boycotted by the opposition and was announced the winner. In the process, dozens of opposition supporters and activists were killed.