Guinea’s president snubs Ecowas leaders as vote nears

Guinea's President Alpha Condé

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, a report says.

The report added that a delegation of heads of states from the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), was scheduled to visit Guinea on Friday.

It was to be led by Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou and was to include Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo and Burkina Faso’s Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

Guinea has been plunged into political crisis over President Condé’s push for constitutional reforms through a referendum that will be held on March 1.

The opposition has insisted on boycotting the vote.

Opponents see the process as a plot to enable 81-year-old Condé, who is nearing the end of the two terms allotted under the present constitution, to stay in power for up to another decade.

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Several protesters have died in various anti-government demonstrations in recent months.


Olajumoke Adeleke