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Ecowas to impose sanctions on Guinea junta

Leaders in the West African region have agreed to impose sanctions on Guinea-Conakry’s military junta over its inflexibility on setting a date to return to civilian rule.

At an emergency summit on the sidelines of the annual UN meeting in New York, leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) said it would “take sanctions against Guinea”.

Ecowas commission president Omar Alieu Touray revealed that “gradual sanctions” would be imposed on a list of people linked to the Guinean junta who would be identified “very soon” by the bloc’s leadership.

Guinea has been ruled by the military since a coup in September 2021 that ousted president Alpha Condé, who held power since 2010.

Guinea’s junta-appointed Prime Minister, Bernard Gomou, earlier described Ecowas chief Umaro Sissoco Embalo, as a “puppet wearing the mantle of a statesman”.

In a statement, Gomou said Embalo, who is also President of Guinea-Bissau, was an “overexcited” man who “forced his way into the Ecowas presidency”.

The acrimony comes as the West Africa bloc struggles with a string of military coups in the region.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu