President Alpha Condé of Guinea‘s fate is unknown after an unverified video showed him surrounded by soldiers who claimed to have seized power.
They claimed to have dissolved the government on national television.
The presidential guard, according to the defense ministry, repelled the attempted takeover.
This comes after hours of intense shooting near the presidential palace in Conakry, the capital.
Following this development, the president of the Republic of Ghana, who is ECOWAS’ chair, has reacted to the news of the Coup d’etat, which has since become a global topic.
In a press statement from Nana Addo, he called for the country’s quick return to constitutional rule.
In his capacity as ECOWAS Chair, Akufo-Addo referred to the coup as “unconstitutional political change” that should not be allowed to persist in a democratic Guinea.
The press statement reads;
ECOWAS notes with great concern the recent political developments which have occurred in Conakry, capital of the Republic of Guinea. ECOWAS condemns unreservedly the attempted coup of Sunday, September 5, 2021.
ECOWAS demands respect for the physical safety of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Condé, and his immediate and unconditional release, as well as that of all arrested persons. ECOWAS also demands a return to constitutional order on pain of sanctions.
ECOWAS reaffirms its objection to any unconstitutional political change. We ask the Guinean defense and security forces to remain in a constitutional posture, and express our solidarity with the Guinean people and their Government.
Done in Accra, Sunday, September 5, 2021
H.E.M. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana and
Current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority