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.
According to two highly placed sources, the ECOWAS, chaired by the Nigerian head of state, Mahamadou Issoufou, planned to send a delegation to Guinea on Friday, a few days before the legislative elections and the referendum for a new constitution.
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. 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.
West African capitals have stepped up efforts
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.
According to a source close to the Nigerian head of state, he received two emissaries from President Alpha Condé in December. They were touring the ECOWAS countries to advertise the referendum on the Constitution. The Nigerien president would then have explained that to remove any ambiguity on the constitutional referendum, it would be necessary that the Guinean president clearly announces his intention not to stand in the next presidential election. Mahamadou Issoufou, even recommended to his Guinean counterpart, to postpone the legislative elections, in order to allow the CENI, to revise the electoral register, strongly contested by the opposition.