AU suspends Guinean military junta as ECOWAS delegation lands in Conakry for talks.

Cover photo: ECOWAS delegation land in Conakry.

The African Union which governs African countries on Friday suspended Guinea’s military junta from her activities.

The regional bloc, ECOWAS had already suspended Guinea after Special Forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya seized power on Sunday and arrested president Alpha Conde.

On Friday, the African Union (AU) followed suit, tweeting that it had decided to “suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies.”

According to reports, mediators from ECOWAS — the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, also landed in the capital Conakry on Friday for a possible solution to the crisis.

Patmos Correspondent said the ECOWAS delegation that traveled from Mali where talks were held with the military junta there landed in Conakry at exactly 1755 hours of Friday in an aircraft belonging to Ghana.

ECOWAS delegation discussing with the junta on Friday evening in an Hotel. All photographs are exclusive to Patmos Media Line.

ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou is part of the delegation, as are the Nigerian, Ghanaian, Burkinabe and Togolese foreign ministers.

Coup leader, Doumbouya met the envoys at a hotel in Conakry on Friday afternoon. The delegation, which is also due to meet Conde, is set to leave Guinea the same evening.

Increasing pressure on Guinea comes amid rising fears of democratic backsliding across West Africa, where strongmen are an increasingly familiar sight.

Guinea’s putsch has drawn parallels with its neighbor Mali, which has suffered two coups since August last year led by Colonel Assimi Goita, who was also a Special Forces commander.

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