Guinea Junta begs Akufo-Addo for extension of 6 months ECOWAS grace period

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The Guinea Junta has pleaded with the Economic Community of West African States to extend the six months given to return to constitutional rule.

ECOWAS among its sanctions ordered that Guinea returns to Constitutional rule in six months after the Military took over from Prof Alpha Conde who was serving his third term in power.

But appealing to the Chairman of ECOWAS on a visit to Ghana’s Jubilee House, Colonel Sadiba Koulibaly, Second-in-Command of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) indicated that it’s imperative that the deadline given is extended as Guinea does not have the capabilities of returning to constitutional rule at the stipulated date.

He explained that military leadership had taken the decision to conduct a country-wide census, restructure the electoral code, and establish a new electoral body in order to be able to conduct free and fair elections.

Colonel Sadiba Koulibaly told the President that ten (10) days of consultations with key stakeholders in Guinea had led to the drafting and adoption of a new Transition Charter, which reinforces the determination of the military leadership to return the country to civilian rule.

According to him, the Charter stressed, particularly, that members of the transition will be barred from standing for presidential and legislative elections, adding that a civilian Prime Minister would lead the Transition Government.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo re-emphasized ECOWAS’s unreserved condemnation of the coup d’état, as it was in contravention with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, which demands that political power be attained through the ballot and not the bullet.
Taking cognisance of the newly adopted Transition Charter, the ECOWAS Chairperson intimated that it was a step in the right direction, and was encouraged by the decision of the CNRD to update regularly the Authority of Heads of State of ECOWAS on the evolution of the transition process.

President Akufo-Addo remained unequivocal about the time frame for the holding of elections, maintaining that six (6) months is sufficient for such an exercise.

He assured the leadership in Guinea of the commitment of ECOWAS to help overhaul the electoral process, by providing technical support to Guinea.

President Akufo-Addo emphasized the need for the military leadership in Guinea to take heed of the decisions of the Authority, as the full weight of the international community is firmly behind any decision taken by ECOWAS.

On the vexed matter of the arrest of President Alpha Condé, the Chairperson of ECOWAS expressed worry about his continued detention, his physical safety, and his inability to express his fundamental human rights.

To this effect, President Akufo-Addo reiterated the demand of ECOWAS for the immediate and unconditional release of President Alpha Condé.

Col. Koulibaly reassured President Akufo-Addo that President Condé was in good health and is being properly taken care off, adding that President Condé still has access to access to his personal doctor and cook.

Background

On 5 September 2021, President of Guinea Alpha Condé was captured by the country’s armed forces in a coup d’état after gunfire in the capital, Conakry. Special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya released a broadcast on state television announcing the dissolution of the constitution and government.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/ 2021

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