The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned the attack by the military at the seat of government in Guinea Bissau.
In a brief statement, ECOWAS asked the military to return to their barracks and maintain a republican stance.
The statement was issued following reported gunfire that was heard
in the capital of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday near a compound where President Umaro Sissoco Embalo was presiding over a cabinet meeting.
The statement from ECOWAS read: ”ECOWAS follows with great concern the evolution of the situation in Guinea Bissau characterized this Tuesday, February 1, 2022, by military fire around the Palais du Government.
ECOWAS condemns this coup attempt and holds the military responsible for the physical integrity of President Umaro Sissoco EMBALO and members of his government.
ECOWAS asks the military to return to their barracks and maintain a republican stance.”