Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas

ECOWAS has appointed Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas as a Special Envoy to Guinea.

Dr. Chambas among others is to help strengthen dialogue towards the successful and short transitional process.

The decision was taken at the extraordinary session of the authority held in Accra yesterday.

The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean Claude Kassi Brou, who announced this at a press conference after the closed-door meeting, said the authority, after deliberations, endorsed the main recommendation contained in a memorandum on the political situation in Guinea.

The meeting also endorsed a report on the political situation in Mali, which was made available after visits to the two countries by high-powered ECOWAS delegations led by the ECOWAS Chairman, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Yesterday’s meeting was to review the political developments in the two countries and advance deliberations on the political situation.
The membership of Mali and Guinea in the community has been suspended as a result of the recent military takeover of their governments.

Guinea’s coup leaders said they ousted Conde because of concerns about poverty and corruption, and because he was serving a third term only after altering the constitution to permit it.
Fears that the political crisis would hinder Guinea’s production of bauxite, a mineral used to make aluminum, have eased. The country’s largest foreign operators say they have continued work without interruption.
Meanwhile, Military leaders in Mali and Guinea are under pressure to follow a roadmap for elections after coups in recent years. The sanctions consist of travel bans and asset freezes.
   
In the case of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita is under pressure from the West African bloc, after failing to keep to his pledge to hold fresh elections in the country.

West African economic bloc ECOWAS imposed sanctions against Mali on Sunday after transitional leaders admitted they would not be able to hold elections by the February 2022 deadline.

ECOWAS, made up of 15 countries, also stepped up pressure on Guinea’s military leaders after their coup in September.

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