The leader of the recent coup in Guinea told a delegation of West African leaders; he was not concerned about new sanctions imposed by the regional bloc to pressure a swift transition to constitutional rule, the junta’s spokesman said on Saturday.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on Thursday; to freeze the financial assets of the junta and their relatives and bar them from travelling in response to the Sept. 5 ouster of President Alpha Conde.
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Coup leader Mamady Doumbouya has shrugged off the move; telling high-level ECOWAS envoys that “as soldiers; their work is in Guinea and there is nothing to freeze in their accounts,” junta spokesman Amara Camara said at a briefing.
The comment was made at talks between Doumbouya and the Ivorian and Ghanaian presidents, Alassane Ouattara and Nana Akufo-Addo; who visited Conakry on Friday in an unsuccessful effort to secure Conde’s release.
The bloc’s decision to impose sanctions reflects members’ desire to deter; a further democratic backslide in the region after four military-led coups in West and Central Africa since last year.
They have demanded a six-month transition in Guinea.
In response, Doumbouya told the delegation the will of the Guinean people should be taken into account, Camara said.
Over the past week; the junta has held consultations with public figures as well as business leaders to map out a framework for a transitional government.
It has not yet commented on the results of these talks; or said what timeline it has in mind for the transition.
ECOWAS’s credibility in Guinea has been strained since 2018; when the bloc failed to condemn Conde for running for a third term in office last year; despite a law declaring that presidents must step down after two.
Doumbouya and other soldiers behind the coup have said they ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and corruption.