President Akufo-Addo and the Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have condemned the coup d’état staged in Guinea on Sunday, September 5, 2021 and demanded a swift return to constitutional rule.
In a statement signed by President Akufo-Addo who is also the Chair of the bloc, ECOWAS asked for the immediate and unconditional release of President Alpha Condé as well as others arrested.
“ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which have occurred in Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea. ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021. 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, “it added.
Soldiers led by the commander of Guinea’s special forces on Sunday, September 5, 2021 took over the reigns of power after about two hours of gun battle in the country’s capital.