ECOWAS to reinforce sub-regional democracy amid resurgence of coups

Sep 20, 2021, 1:56 PM

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it’s concern about the resurgence of coups after the coups in Mali in 2020 and 2021 and the current one in Guinea Conakry, vowing to review and strengthen democracy in the sub-region.

“In light of recent developments in the region, the Authority reaffirms that the consolidation of democracy and good governance is crucial for the

development, peace and stability of the region,” the regional bloc states in a communiqué at its 16 Sept. meeting in Ghana. 

“Consequently, the Authority instructs the President of the Commission to initiate the process of reviewing the 2001 Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance in order to ensure democracy, peace and stability in our region.”

“The Authority reiterates its unreserved condemnation of the coup of 5 September 2021 and reaffirms its demand for the immediate and unconditional release of President Alpha Conde. It also reminds members of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) that they are individually and collectively responsible for the physical safety of President Alpha Conde.”

“The Authority was apprised of the current socio-political situation in the Republic of Guinea and of the apparent commitment of the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) to work towards a swift return to constitutional order. It also took note of the CNRD’s decision to hold consultations with all national and international stakeholders on the socio-political situation in

the Republic of Guinea. The Authority expressed its concern about the resurgence of coups after the coups in Mali in 2020 and 2021.”

“After consideration of the Report and subsequent deliberations, the Authority decides as follows: 

to uphold the suspension of Guinea from all ECOWAS governing bodies until the restoration of constitutional order;

to ensure the conduct of presidential and legislative elections within six (6) months in order to restore constitutional rule in the Republic of Guinea; 

to impose sanctions, in accordance with extant ECOWAS Protocols, of travel bans on the members of the CNRD and their family members and of freeze of their financial assets; 

to call on the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, and other multilateral and bilateral partners to support the implementation of these sanctions; 

to ensure that no member of the CNRD is allowed to contest in the presidential election; 

ECOWAS to accompany Guinea in the swift resolution of the crisis and in the preparations for the elections.”

The Authority calls on the African Union, the United Nations and development partners to endorse its decisions and support the restoration of

constitutional rule in the Republic of Guinea.

“Members of the Authority request the Chair of the Authority to visit the Republics of Guinea and Mali as soon as possible to convey in person the decision of the Authority.”

“The Authority remains deeply concerned about the slow pace of preparations for the elections scheduled for late February 2022 in the Republic of


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