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General News of Monday, 20 September 2021


Guinea coup: Time for ECOWAS to discipline undemocratic leaders – Frank Davies

ECOWAS leaders met in Accra on September 16 for discussions on Guinea, Mali crisis ECOWAS leaders met in Accra on September 16 for discussions on Guinea, Mali crisis

• West African leaders must stand up to counterparts who tamper with their constitutions

• ECOWAS leaders have recently met twice over the Guinea coup that toppled Alpha Conde

• Analysts have blamed the bloc's passiveness to undemocratic manoeuvers as reason for recent coups

A private legal practitioner, Frank Davies, has said it is time the regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) takes decisive action against presidents who act undemocratically.

He holds that if ECOWAS insists on respect for its treaties and conventions, the rising spate of coups will be quelled before it becomes a trend across the region.

GhanaWeb monitored comments he made on Joy FM’s Newsfile program on Saturday, September 18, 2021. He was contributing to political developments in Guinea where a September 5 coup ousted president Alpha Conde.

“I think very definitive steps should be taken to quell this once and for all–where presidents think they are above laws they have signed onto, and that they can decide to do whatever they like must not be countenanced.”

“I think this is the time for ECOWAS to crack the whip that if you don’t subscribe, you don’t subscribe, but if you subscribe then you should be amenable to our regime.”

On September 5, 2021, a group of elite military forces announced the overthrow of Conde’s government less than a year into his controversial third term. The junta was led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

ECOWAS has thrice condemned the coup – twice at a summit of leaders and the first instance in a statement issued by ECOWAS chairperson, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, shortly after the coup.

The bloc has issued sanctions on the military junta and also suspended Guinea from ECOWAS. A move to get Conde released failed when Akufo-Addo and Ouattara met the military junta last Friday.

ECOWAS has been slammed for looking on as Conde changed the constitution but speeding to condemn and sanction the military junta. The bloc insists that it had unsuccessfully engaged Conde when he was pushing through the change.

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