The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Guinea’s membership in the bloc on Wednesday and called on the West African nation to return to “normal constitutional order” after a military coup this past weekend that deposed President Alpha Conde.
ECOWAS “has decided to suspend Guinea from all of its decision-making bodies,” Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister, Alpha Barry said after the leaders from the 15-member bloc discussed the crisis in a virtual summit.
Barry said the bloc called on the coup leaders to release detained President Alpha Conde.
The bloc also urged Guinea “to put in place a process that will allow a rapid return to normal constitutional order.”
ECOWAS is expected to send a mediation mission to Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on Thursday.