Ecowas leaders meet to find solutions to Mali’s crisis

Ecowas leaders meet to find solutions to Mali’s crisis

The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Chaired by President Akufo-Addo is scheduled to hold a virtual emergency meeting today September 8, 2021, a meeting prompted by the military takeover of government in Guinea by soldiers.

 Being Ecowas chairman, the Ghanaian leader will lead deliberations to discuss the unfortunate happenings in Guinea.

 This was revealed by Mr Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency stating the purpose of the meeting is to seek solutions to the Guinea political crisis.

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ECOWAS as a body also explained that they will use this opportunity to reiterate that the only legitimate means of effecting change in leadership is through the ballot box and not bullets and they would ensure that their leaders reaffirm their belief in this system.

An exchange of gunfire in Conakry, Guinea’s capital on Sunday, September 4, 2021, led to the dissolution of the constitution and resulted in the government being toppled amidst earlier denial by the Defence Minister of the country.

Following the aforementioned incident, the special forces led by Mamady Doumbouya in a nationwide broadcast, announced a  curfew and closure of borders as Mr Conde was under arrest.

The coup has subsequently being condemned by the United Nations, African Union and the Economic Community of West African States of which Guinea is a member.

Guinea’s coup has unfortunately added to a number of coup attempts in the West African Sub-region following what happened in Mali and the failed coup in Niger earlier.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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