Panafrican News Agency

ECOWAS Mediator for Guinea expected in Conakry on Wednesday

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Guinean, former Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi, is expected in Conakry on Wednesday, reliable sources have told PANA.

Before arriving in Conakry, he will on Tuesday meet the Guinea-Bissau head of state who is also the current chairman of ECOWAS, Umaro Sissoko Embaló, in Bissau.

He was recently received in Abidjan by Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who gave him "valuable advice" on the Guinean socio-political crisis.

Former President Yayi will arrive in the Guinean capital with the newly appointed President of the ECOWAS Commission, Gambian Dr. Omar Aliou Touray, and will present to his hosts the roadmap of the transition approved by the 61st Summit of Heads of State, held on 3 July in Accra, Ghana.

ECOWAS leaders are proposing a transition of 24 months against 36 months adopted by the National Council of Transition (CNT), instead of the 39 months proposed by the junta that took power on 5 September.

Several observers indicate that the arrival of a Mediator ends the obstinacy of the junta, which declared a few days after it seized power that Guinea did not need an ECOWAS Special Envoy, because the country is not in crisis.

-0- PANA AC/JSG/BBA/MA 18July2022