ECOWAS condemns coup in Guinea and orders the immediate release of Alpha Condé

The Economical Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Guinea’s membership on Wednesday following the military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde.

During a virtual summit, leaders from the West African political and economical bloc demanded a return to the constitutional order and Conde’s immediate release.

They also agreed to send a high-level mission to Guinea as soon as Thursday, said Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry.

“At the end of that mission, ECOWAS should be able to re-examine its position,” Barry told Reuters Agency.

He did not announce any immediate economic sanctions against Guinea, as ECOWAS imposed against Mali following a coup there in August 2020.

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Some experts say ECOWAS’s leverage with Guinea could be limited, in part because the country is not a member of the West African currency union and not landlocked like Mali.

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