Guinea president snubs West African leaders over opposition to his 3rd term bid
London, Feb. 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)- Guinea’s President Alpha Condé has refused to meet a delegation of West African leaders as the country heads towards a referendum that could allow him run for a third term, reports Radio France Internationale (RFI).
A mission from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) led by several heads of state of the organization was to visit Guinea on Friday.
The high-level mission should have brought together four presidents: the Nigerian Muhammadu Buhari, the Ghanaian Nana Akufo Ado, the Burkinabè Roch Christian Kaboré and the Nigerian and current leader of the regional institution, Mahamadou Issoufou.
Guinea has been plunged into political crisis over President Condé’s push for constitutional reforms through a referendum that will be held on 1 March. The opposition has said it will boycott the vote.
According to our information, the Guinean president Alpha Condé was approached by the ECOWAS, but the head of state opposed the delegation.
The mission was therefore aborted.
The ECOWAS had been taking steps to try to resolve the crisis in Guinea for several days. West African capitals have stepped up diplomatic efforts, according to sources close to the ECOWAS.
The latter, as it did in Guinea-Bissau, stems from the sacrosanct principle of respect for the Constitution and any attempt to question the fundamental texts of a member country is doomed to failure.
The ECOWAS has so far remained silent on the holding of the double ballot in Guinea scheduled for this Sunday. A double ballot that the opposition, united in the FNDC, the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, calls to boycott.