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AU AND ECOWAS REACT TO GUINEA COUP

African Union (A.u.) Has Appealed For The Immediate Release Of Guinea President Alpha Conde And Also Condemned The Military Action Against The Government By Special Forces.

President Of The African Union Félix Tshisekedi And The Chairman Of The African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat Condemned Any Seizure Of Power By Force And Called For The Immediate Release Of President Alpha Conde.

The Continental Body In A Statement Has Therefore Invited The Peace And Security Council Of The African Union To Meet Urgently To Examine The New Situation In Guinea And To Take Appropriate Measures In The Circumstances
Similarly The Economic Community Of West African States (Ecowas) Has Noted With Great Concern The Recent Political Developments Which Occurred In Conakry, Republic Of Guinea.

The Organisation Condemned With The Greatest Firmness The Coup Attempt And Demanded Respect For The Physical Integrity Of The President Of The Republic, Professor Alpha Condé And His Immediate And Unconditional Release As Well As That Of All The Personalities Arrested
It Also Demanded The Return To Constitutional Order And Reaffirmed Its Disapproval Of Any Unconstitutional Political Change.

President Conde Was Detained By The Special Forces Earlier On Sunday, With Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, Who Has Reportedly Been Identified As The Head Of The Action, Announcing The Dissolution Of The Government, Suspension Of The Constitution And The Closure Of The Country’s Borders.

Col. Doumbouya Said The Army Had Been Forced To Act Because Of Poverty, Endemic Corruption, Abuse Of Power And A Lack Of Respect For Democratic Principles.

The Announcement Followed Heavy Gunfire Near The Presidential Palace In The Capital Conakry.

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