WEST AFRICAN LEADERS TO MEET OVER GUINEA’S MILITARY TAKE OVER.

WEST AFRICAN LEADERS WILL MEET IN THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL THURSDAY TO DISCUSS GUINEA’S TRANSITION BACK TO CONSTITUTIONAL RULE AFTER A SEPTEMBER. 5 COUP.
GHANA’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER SHIRLEY AYORKOR BOTCHWEY TOLD JOURNALISTS WEDNESDAY THAT THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES, WHICH HAD ALREADY THREATENED TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON GUINEA, IS HOLDING A SECOND SUMMIT AFTER AN ELITE ARMY UNIT OVERTHREW PRESIDENT ALPHA CONDE.

SEVEN HEADS OF STATE FROM THE REGION WILL CONVENE IN ACCRA TO SHARE “THEIR EXPECTATION OF A CIVILIAN-LED TRANSITION” AND DISCUSS THE TIMELINE WITHIN WHICH THEY WOULD WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.

CONDE, WHICH REMAINS IN DETENTION, WAS DEPOSED LESS THAN A YEAR HE SECURED A CONTROVERSIAL THIRD TERM IN OFFICE. THE BLOC HAS CALLED FOR HIS UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE.
THE JUNTA HAS HOWEVER BEGUN A WEEK-LONG CONSULTATION WITH POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS, AND BUSINESS LEADERS TOWARDS THE FORMATION OF A TRANSITION GOVERNMENT.
THE DIALOGUE, WHICH BEGAN WITH A MEETING WITH LEADERS OF THE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES ON TUESDAY, IS EXPECTED TO LAY OUT THE FRAMEWORK FOR A PROMISED GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY THAT WOULD LEAD GUINEA BACK TO CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER.

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