Guinean military leaders rejected a warning issued to them by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore civilian rule within two years.
ECOWAS rejected the junta’s proposed three-year transition and said it was maintaining economic sanctions against Guinea unless it accelerated its proposed three-year transition to democracy.
But Guinean leaders downplayed the warning.
“If there is something in the resolution to note, it is the taking into account of the specificity of each country. This is something we want and we heard it.
“This result is the fruit of the president’s [Col Mamady Doumbouya] ongoing dialogue with his peers, but also the work of the minister of foreign affairs and Guineans abroad and the head of state,” government spokesperson Ousmane Gaoual Diallo said.
Recall that the regional bloc imposed severe sanctions on Guinea following the overthrow of former President Alpha Condé by soldiers led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.