The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition.
The sanctions the West African leaders decided on to pressure the junta leaders to return the country to constitutional rule at an emergency summit of the West African bloc in Accra.
Regional heads of state decided to freeze the financial assets and impose travel bans on Guinea’s junta members and their relatives, insisting on the release of President Alpha Conde and a short transition.
“In six months elections should be held,” said ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou at a briefing.
The bloc is also demanding Mali’s transitional government stick to an agreement to organise elections for February 2022 and present an electoral roadmap by next month, according to the post-summit communique.
Anyone in Mali hindering preparations for the elections faces the same sanctions as those imposed in Guinea, it said.
Coup leaders in Guinea are holding consultations this week with various public figures, groups and business leaders in the country to map a framework for the transition.
Late on Thursday they said they were also expecting a delegation of regional heads of state to visit Conakry for talks on Friday.