The African Union (AU) has suspended Guinea in the wake of a coup after special forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya seized power on Sunday September 5, and arrested president Alpha Conde.
The coup has been condemned by regional leaders as well as the African Union, UN Secretary-General, ECOWAS and the US.
The regional bloc ECOWAS had already suspended Guinea and regional ministers have arrived in Conakry to talk to the junta about a return to constitutional order, BBC reports.
On Friday, the African Union (AU) followed suit, tweeting that it had decided “to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies.”
Mediators from ECOWAS, the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States — also landed in the capital Conakry on Friday September 10, AFP journalists saw.
ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou is part of the delegation, as are the Nigerian, Ghanaian, Burkinabe and Togolese foreign ministers.
The envoys met junta member Colonel Balla Samoura in a hotel in Conakry, according to a diplomat who requested anonymity, and are due to leave the city on Friday evening.
The US embassy in Conakry on Friday stated that Guinea should “immediately restore democracy.
Alpha Conde, the overthrown Guinean president who has been detained by soldiers since last week’s coup, is in good health, envoys from West Africa’s main political and economic bloc ECOWAS have said during a mission to the country.
The visit by the delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday came as diplomatic pressure mounted on Guinea’s ruling military in the wake of Sunday’s power grab.
ECOWAS suspended Guinea’s membership to the 15-member bloc earlier this week but stopped short of imposing further sanctions. On Friday, the African Union (AU) also announced the suspension of Guinea from all bloc “activities and decision-making bodies”.
Mediators from ECOWAS met coup leader Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who arrived at the Conakry hotel where the envoys were staying flanked by special forces commandos.