The sub-regional body ECOWAS, has condemned the Guinean military’s arrest of President, Alpha Condé on Sunday.
A statement from the sub-regional bloc described the instability as an attempted coup and demanded the “unconditional release” of Condé and his associates.
The statement also demanded “a return to constitutional rule, failing which sanctions will apply.”
“ECOWAS reaffirms its disapproval of any unconstitutional political change,” the statement, signed by the Chairman, President Akufo-Addo read.
The Ghanaian leader further urged the military to act in a republican manner and expressed “solidarity with the Guinean people and government.”
This comes after some soldiers staged an uprising in Guinea’s capital Conakry.
In a short broadcast on state television, Guinean army officer Mamady Doumbouya said that they have dissolved the constitution and the government in the West African state.
This followed unverified videos shared on social media, apparently showing President Alpha Conde being surrounded by soldiers. His whereabouts are unclear.
This was after earlier reports of heavy gunfire in Conakry, near the presidential palace though it was unclear who was responsible.
Communiqué on the Political Situation in the Republic of Guinea
ECOWAS notes with concern, the recent political events that occurred in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.
She condemns in the strongest terms, this attempted coup of Sunday 5th September, 2021.
The ECOWAS demands the respect of the personal security of President Alpha Condé, his immediate release and others detained.
She also demands the immediate return to constitutional order, failing which sanctions will apply.
The ECOWAS reaffirms her disapproval of all unconstitutional changes of government
She urges all Defense and Security forces to maintain a republican posture and expresses her solidarity with the people and government of Guinea.
Done in Accra, Sunday 5th September, 2021.
HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of ECOWAS
Current Chairman of ECOWAS.