The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned the coup d’état that took place in the Republic of Guinea on Sunday.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government condemned the action in a statement on Sunday.

The Ghanian president said ECOWAS demands the immediate and unconditional release of President Alpha Condé as well as others arrested.

“ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which occurred in Conakry, Republic of Guinea. She condemns with the greatest firmness this coup attempt on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

“ECOWAS demands respect for the physical integrity of the President of the Republic, the Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release as well as that of all the personalities arrested

“ECOWAS reaffirms its disapproval of any unconstitutional political change. She asks the defense and security forces to remain in a posture Republican and expresses its solidarity with the Guinean people and Government,” Akufo-Addo stated.

It was reported on Sunday evening that thre was a heavy gunfire exchange near the Presidential Palace in Conakry, the country’s capital.

Following the gun battles, soldiers who call themselves the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development, via a TV broadcast claimed to have dissolved the Conde-led government, taking over power.

The coup is belived to have occurred over Conde’s third term Presidency. This had earlier sparked violent and mass protest in the country after a disputed election in October 2020 and a new constitution in March 2020 which allowed him to sidestep the country’s two-term limit.

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