negotiations continue regarding the transition

Umaro Sissoco Embalo, president of Guinea-Bissau and current president of ECOWAS, said on Thursday that he had convinced the Guinean junta to reduce the duration of the transition to 24 months. Information that the junta has not confirmed, rather suggesting 36 months. From now on, Guinea wants the discussions to focus on the content of the transition and not on its duration.

It’s not the duration that’s important, that’s what explained Ousmane Gaoual Diallo, spokesman for the transitional government, whom AXADLE reached by phone. “What is the point of agreeing on a duration if what we want to introduce is not suitable for it?” he said. According to him, the discussions that Guinea is having with ECOWAS and its partners are and must be, about the content of the transition.

He presents three essential points for the country: creation of an electorate, which according to him requires a minimum period of 24 months, revision of the constitutional texts and finally institutional correction. Only then can the country enter an election cycle, where further discussions will also be necessary.

“It will be necessary to decide whether the parliamentary elections will be held in one day or whether they will be sequenced,” added Ousmane Diallo. This period should take into account the timing of the campaign.

These questions will be central of the next ECOWAS summit. Its president, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, announced that it would be held soon, without specifying the exact date of this meeting. A summit to which the French president was invited. Emmanuel Macron accepted the invitation.

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