A delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has arrived in Guinea Friday, a day after the regional bloc sanctioned the new military leaders for ousting President Alpha Conde in a coup.
President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo were met on a plane-side red carpet by coup leader Mamady Doumbouya, a special forces commander and former French Legionnaire accompanied by heavily-armed troops, reports Reuters.
Despite the sanctions on Guinea, the welcome ceremony held for the leaders were greeted by a gun salute and national anthems.
Sources from Guinea predict Akufo-Addo is likely to negotiate for the evacuation of Conde.
The 15-member ECOWAS has demanded a return to constitutional rule.
Special forces unit seized control of the presidential palace, detained Conde and declared itself in charge of the West African country on September 6, 2021.
Guinea’s coup d’etat follows the overthrow of governments in Mali and Chad earlier this year that have raised fears of a democratic backslide in the sub-region.
Guinea’s coup leaders, led by Mamadi Dambouya, have in the past week, consultations with public figures and business leaders to draw a road map for a transitional government.
But analysts believe Conde’s release could hurt the processes leading to a constitutional regime.