Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Guinea’s membership following the military coup that overthrew President Alpha Conde last weekend, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said yesterday.
The leaders of the bloc, according to Reuters, also demanded Conde’s release from military custody.
Barry said the regional body will send a high-level delegation to Guinea today. He spoke to the media after a video summit of ECOWAS leaders.
Last Sunday, ECOWAS demanded a return to constitutional order in Guinea and threatened to impose sanctions after special forces soldiers removed Conde from office.
In a statement by current ECOWAS chairman and Ghana’s president Nana Akuffo-Addo, the group condemned what it called “an attempted coup,” and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Conde, who was detained by the soldiers.