In the wake of the Sunday, September 5, 2021 coup d’etat that ousted Guinean President Alpha Conde, and dissolved the National Assembly, the ECOWAS Parliament has strongly condemned the coup and its attendant ramifications as “an infringement on the rights of the people to be heard through their democratically elected representatives and calls for the immediate restoration of democratic order and parliamentary activities.”
The ECOWAS Parliament in a September 7, 2021 press release signed by Rt. Hon. Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis, Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, said, as a Community Parliament that uncompromisingly upholds the tenants of democracy, it condemns the military takeover in the ECOWAS Member State, which ultimately led to the detention of the President of the Republic, Professor Alpha Conde and the dissolution of the National Assembly of the Republic of Guinea.
Accordingly, the Parliament said it views the disbandment of the National Assembly as an infringement on the rights of the people to be heard through their democratically elected representatives and calls for the immediate restoration of democratic order and parliamentary activities.
“The Parliament also firmly supports the position of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, issued by its Chair, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and hereby wishes to reiterate the demand contained therein, the unconditional release of His Excellency President Alpha Conde, as well as all other personalities equally detained.
“To this end, the Parliament expresses solidarity with the people of Guinea and affirms its commitment to working with all stakeholders for the return of constitutional rule within the Republic of Guinea,” the release stated emphatically.
It remains to be what the coup leaders in Guinea will make of the ECOWAS position statement given the fact that millions of citizens have turned out to welcome the coup, with pundits now wondering why did ECOWAS sit supinely when President Alpha Conde orchestrated changing the Constitution to allow him run for a third term, an act that fueled the current deteriorating situation in one of West Africa’s troubled regions.