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The Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) on Wednesday suspended Guinea from its activities and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of ousted President Alpha Conde.

Conde has been under arrest since after the coup led by Col. Amandy Doumbouya.

At an extraordinary meeting of the Heads of Government held via video conference, the regional leaders condemned Sunday’s coup against the Conde government and also demanded a return to constitutional order.

Meanwhile, an ECOWAS mission to be headed by Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley  Ghana, is to visit Guinea on Thursday to meet with the military junta. 

The delegation will include officials from Nigeria, Burkina Faso and the ECOWAS Commission.

The coup makers, who claimed they toppled Conde because of corruption, nepotism and constitutional  violations among other reasons, are apparently consolidating their hold on power.

They have lifted the night curfew they imposed,  reopened the country’s closed borders and appointed regional governors after dissolving Conde’s government and suspending the national constitution.

They have also pledged to set up a government of national unity.

The Guinea coup came as no surprise following the national  division and violence that followed Conde’s controversial decision to change the constitution to pave way for his election for third term last October.

The Guinea coup is similar to what happened in Mali, where the military struck in August 2020, and dragged the country further down the line of instability.

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