ANOTHER ECOWAS EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT ON GUINEA FOR THURSDAY SEPT. 16

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By Paul Ejime

Worried by the political situation in Guinea following the Sept 5 military take-over, the regional bloc ECOWAS is to hold a 2nd extraordinary summit within one week on Thursday in Accra, Ghana.

At their first meeting held virtually on 8th September, the regional leaders suspended Guinea from ECOWAS, while a high-level delegation of the organisation met with coup leader Col. Amandy Doumbouya and his colleagues in Conakry two days after the virtual summit.

The latest Accra meeting is expected to demand for the release of deposed President Alpha Conde and other detained officials of his regime.

The regional leaders could go for sanctions to put pressure on the junta to move towards restoration of constitutional order. And like in Mali, which has seen two military coups within one year, a regional mediator could be appointed as an arrowhead for ECOWAS intervention in Guinea.

While the military is not wired for political governance, African politicians must play by the democratic rules and stop holding sham elections or tampering with national constitutions to obtain or retain power.

Experience has also shown that rushing the political transition to civilian rule soon after a military coup without putting the necessary democratic structures in place is not an effective solution.

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