Guinea’s military junta refuses to bow to regional pressure

On September 16th, ECOWAS took more severe sanctions against Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and his acolytes. Members of the putschist junta were thus prohibited from traveling and using their pecuniary property in banks. They were also ordered to organize presidential and legislative elections within 6 months, without the possibility of participating themselves.

The demands were on the table of negotiations during talks between ECOWAS President Akufo-Addo and his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara and officials from the National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD) in Conakry last week.

But the CNRD, who had remained silent in the face of ECOWAS sanctions and injunctions, does not seem to envisage the prospect of a short transition. “The only calendar that is worthwhile is that of the Guinean people who have suffered so much,” declared Mamady Doumbouya on Tuesday, at the start of the days of consultation.

The CNRD also indicated that ousted President Alpha Condé (who still refuses to resign) will not leave Guinea, and that no pressure will change his decision.

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