Guinea's ruling Military junta on Thursday, has alleged the President of the West African Regional bloc ECOWAS, President Umaro Embalo of lies over his call for sanctions on Conakry, the capital of Guinea if it seeks a three-year transition back to Civilian rule.
The poor but mineral-rich Nation has been ruled by the Military since a coup in September 2021 that ousted President Alpha Conde, who has been in power since 2010.
A Senior Junta figure, Colonel Amara Camara said; “Crude lies and intimidation are backward steps that dishonour (Economic Community of West African States chief Umaro Sissoco Embalo) and at the same time tarnish ECOWAS’ image.’’
The President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo had said that during a visit to Guinea, he had an agreement with the Junta to allow the Elected Civilians Regime after two years.
Embalo disclosed this during an interview with Newmen, before the commencement of an ECOWAS summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
He said; ‘’Three years in power before a return to civilian rule is “unacceptable for ECOWAS. Unacceptable and non-negotiable.’’
The President noted that if the Junta stick to their so-called timetable, there will be sanctions, “heavy sanctions, even”.
Meanwhile, the Senior Junta Figure, Colonel Camara has said that they do not have any agreement with Embalo and all he has said are all lies.