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Dr Antwi-Danso advises ECOWAS to support Guinea's junta in peacefully transferring power.

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Efforts by multilateral organizations to "stampede" Guinea's military junta's return to constitutional rule "could plunge the country into instability and chaos," Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), has warned.

Given Guinea's historical context and the country's political and ethnic dynamics, he argued that multilateral organizations should instead focus on assisting the country in gradually reconstructing its constitutional and democratic structures in order to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power.

Last Tuesday, he gave a presentation on the coup in Guinea at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Dialogue Centre in Accra, indicating that the sanctions imposed on Guinea by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other bodies will not yield successful results, as they did in Mali.

"This stampede of juntas for constitutional rule, in my opinion, is incorrect. It has already occurred, so we must ask ourselves, "Where do we go from here?" Should we assist them in establishing democratic principles by instituting structural changes to ensure that everyone played their roles? "Can't we assist them in establishing democracy rather than making wishy-washy arrangements that will be washed away tomorrow?" he asked.

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Antwi-Danso ECOWAS Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College Guinea Mali


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