The military said detained former president Alpha Condé would not be allowed to leave Guinea after the coup, defying regional pressure.
Guinean military leaders have said they will not let ousted President Alpha Condé seek exile, after regional mediators tried to press for his release following a coup earlier this month. .
Friday’s statement came after the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS met with Colonel Mamady Doumbouya in Conakry.
“We will not give in to any pressure,” the military leaders said after the talks. “Condé is and will remain in Guinea.
The President of ECOWAS, President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, and President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, met Doumbouya, the putschist and head of a special forces unit of the army, and made visit to Condé, detained since his overthrow. September 5 after more than 10 years in power.
Akufo-Addo said the delegation had “a very fraternal and fraternal discussion” with Doumbouya and his associates.
“I think ECOWAS and Guinea will do well together,” he said, adding that they were also able to hold a fruitful meeting with Condé.
The bloc agreed to targeted sanctions on Thursday after Guinean military leaders failed to respond to its demands. ECOWAS called for Condé’s immediate release and a swift transition of power, with elections held within six months.
The soldiers behind the coup say they are holding consultations with various public figures, groups and business leaders across the country to define a framework for the transition. They claim to have ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and corruption, and because he was serving a third term only after changing the constitution to allow it.
The sanctions adopted include the freezing of financial assets and the imposition of travel bans on Guinean military leaders and their relatives.
West and Central Africa has experienced four coups d’état since last year. The political upheaval has heightened concerns about a rollback to military rule in a resource-rich but poverty-stricken region.