The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions against Guinea’s coup leaders and also called on the Junta to hold an election in six months’ time to help return the West African country to constitutional rule.
The sanctions according to ECOWAS will affect every member of the military Junta together with their relatives. The sanctions come in the form of a freeze on their financial assets as well as travel bans, restricting the affected people from leaving the country.
The regional bloc announced these sanctions during an extraordinary summit held in Ghana’s capital city – Accra. Briefing the press after the meeting, ECOWAS Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou revealed that, “in six months elections should be held,” in Guinea.
The state representatives at the meeting also demanded the immediate release of Alpha Conde, who was ousted from power by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and his men.
This is the second tough action taken against Guinea by ECOWAS since the coup was carried out. Earlier, the bloc during a virtual meeting suspended the membership of Guinea following the removal of the country’s 83-year-old President Alpha Conde.
Apart from Guinea, the community equally discussed the coup in Mali which saw the removal of Ibrahim Boubakar Keita and the delay in the transition of power by the Junta. According to the details, the Malian transitional team is also expected to hold elections in February next year; moreover, the Junta has been tasked to provide an electoral roadmap by next month.