- West Africa
AU leaders in Adis Ababa give Guinea’s junta the boot
The 53-bloc members of the African Union, meeting in Adis Ababa, have taken a stand on Guinea follwing its military coup. The West African nation has been suspended from the AU until it is able to restore constitutional order in the country.
Junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power after the death of long-serving President Lansana Conte, attracting international condemnation and lately the African Union condemnation.
Despite the local and foreign condemnation the military junta has received, they have not stopped from spreading their control and authority over the country.
In an attempt to strengthen his position Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has dismissed 22 generals the military Junta held talks with officials from the West African regional grouping, Ecowas.
The organisation’s Secretary General, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said the coup leaders had promised to work with Ecowas to ensure a peaceful political transition in Guinea.
It has also been reported that Guinea’s prime minister and some 30 other ministers have submitted to the leaders of a military coup.
The government officials met Capt Moussa Dadis Camara, who has declared himself Guinea’s new president, at a military base in the capital, Conakry.