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ECOWAS Condemns Guinea Coup, Wants President Released

Guinea's President Alpha Conde addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Following a screengrab taken from a  footage sent to AFP by a military source on September 5, 2021, that the President of Guinea Conakry, Alpha Conde has been captured by army putschists during a coup d’etat in Conakry on September 5, 2021, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has condemned the coup d’état that took place in the Republic of Guinea Conakry on Sunday.

This was reportedly disclosed by President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, the chairman of ECOWAS, in a statement made available to the  News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the statement, “ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which occurred in Conakry, Republic of Guinea. She condemns with the greatest firmness this coup attempt on Sunday, September 5, 2021.”

The statement read that, “ECOWAS demands respect for the physical integrity of the President of the Republic, the Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release as well as that of all the personalities arrested.”

It added that, “ECOWAS reaffirms its disapproval of any unconstitutional political change. She asks the defense and security forces to remain in a posture Republican and expresses its solidarity with the Guinean people and Government.”

According to earlier reports, there had been gun battles on Sunday evening near the presidential Villa in Conakry, after which  soldiers who called themselves the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development, appeared on TV, claiming to have dissolved the Conde-led government, taking over power.

It was also reported that Conde’s third term Presidency had earlier sparked violent and mass protest in the country, after a disputed election in October 2020 and a new constitution in March 2020 which allowed him to sidestep the country’s two-term limit.

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