Panafrican News Agency

AU chairman Tshisekedi expected in Guinea soon

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The current chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of DR Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, is expected in the Guinean capital soon following Sunday's military coup in the West African country, a reliable source told PANA on Tuesday.

The DR Congolese president, who was one of the first African leaders to condemn the putsch, has called for the safety of ousted President Alpha Conde whom he visited recently.

"Tshisekedi will come to discuss the national situation with the junta and also demand the release of the deposed president," the same source explained.

The governments of Burundi, South Africa and the Gambia are among countries have also condemned the coup.

Sources say a virtual extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planned this week to discuss the political situation in Guinea.

The head of the junta, Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who on Monday met former government officials whom he has banned from leaving the country, is expected to receive the political class soon in order to set up the main timelines of the transition.

This is the third coup in Guinea since independence in 1958.

-0- PANA AC/IS/BBA/MA 7Sept2021