President Weah Wants ECOWAS Protocols Reviewed to Prevent Term Limits Breaches - Welcomes Reopening of Border With Guinea, Calls for Condé's Release

Thursday, 16th September 2021

Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Accra, Ghana -The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah has called for the review of ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance in order to  prevent the manipulation of constitutional term limits in the national constitutions of member states.

 

But he said this should be done with due regard for the "contentious matter" of sovereignty and non-interference.

 

The Liberian Leader was speaking at an Extraordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held in Accra, Ghana on September 16, 2021. The meeting was called to discuss the military takeover in Guinea.

 

President Weah's statement is a reaffirmation of a previous position he made on the matter during a virtual ECOWAS meeting last week.

 

At Thursday's meeting, the Liberian Chief Executive welcomed the reopening of the Guinean border with Liberia and repeated his call for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé. He said ECOWAS should commission a "detailed and systematic rapid study" on the lessons learned from the situation in Guinea in order to get a better understanding of the causes of coups in the region and how they can be avoided.

 

Meanwhile, following the deliberation of a report from the High-level mission to Guinea, the West African leaders decided to uphold the suspension of the country from all ECOWAS governing bodies until the restoration of constitutional order.

 

The body also agreed to impose a travel ban on all members of the National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD) and their families.

 

The ECOWAS meeting which was presided over by Ghanaian President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with over a dozen heads of state in attendance, also agreed to freeze the financial assets of the CNRD and called for the establishment of a political transition for a period not exceeding one year.

 

Guinea was plunged into political uncertainty on September 5, 2021 when soldiers, under the command of Col. Mamady Doumbouya ousted President Alpha Condé, who has led the country since 2010.