CONAKRY (Reuters) – The chief of Guinea’s current coup advised a delegation of West African leaders he was not involved about new sanctions imposed by the regional bloc to stress a swift transition to constitutional rule, the junta’s spokesman stated on Saturday.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on Thursday to freeze the monetary belongings of the junta and their kinfolk and bar them from travelling in response to the Sept. 5 ouster of President Alpha Conde.
Coup chief Mamady Doumbouya has shrugged off the transfer, telling high-level ECOWAS envoys that “as troopers, their work is in Guinea and there’s nothing to freeze of their accounts,” junta spokesman Amara Camara stated at a briefing.
The remark was made at talks between Doumbouya and the Ivorian and Ghanaian presidents, Alassane Ouattara and Nana Akufo-Addo, who visited Conakry on Friday in an unsuccessful effort to safe Conde’s launch.
The bloc’s determination to impose sanctions displays members’ need to discourage an additional democratic backslide within the area after 4 military-led coups in West and Central Africa since final yr.
Political Cartoons on World Leaders
They have demanded a six-month transition in Guinea. In response, Doumbouya advised the delegation the desire of the Guinean individuals needs to be taken under consideration, Camara stated.
Over the previous week the junta has held consultations with public figures and enterprise leaders to map out a framework for a transitional authorities. It has not but commented on the outcomes of these talks or stated what timeline it has in thoughts for the transition.
ECOWAS’s credibility in Guinea has been strained since 2018, when the bloc did not condemn Conde for operating for a 3rd time period in workplace final yr, regardless of a legislation declaring that presidents should step down after two.
Doumbouya and different troopers behind the coup have stated they ousted Conde as a result of of considerations about poverty and corruption.
(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Edmund Blair)
Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.