Conakry: A regional African bloc calls for Guinea's military junta to immediately hand over power to civilians.
The statement was issued by ECOWAS, a regional bloc of states from West Africa. The group calls for the military junta that seized power last year and whose president was recently wounded in an assassination attempt to step down.
The call comes as the junta's No 2 rushed back to Conakry, the Guinean capital, to assume control. A junta spokesman said that Sekouba Konate is their "boss" until wounded President Captain Moussa "Dadis" Camara returns from Morocco where he was airlifted for emergency treatment.
Guinea has been ruled by military strongmen for the past 25 years.
ECOWAS had imposed an arms embargo on the junta following the September massacre at a pro-democracy rally.
First Published: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 17:37