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W. Africa puts arms embargo on Guinea

October 18, 2009|Associated Press

ABUJA, NIGERIA — West African leaders said Saturday that they are imposing an arms embargo on Guinea over the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators by soldiers and will try to stop Guinea's military ruler from running in January's presidential election.

Regional leaders attended an emergency meeting Saturday of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, and said at a news conference afterward that they would step up pressure on members of the military government, which took power in a coup in December, not to seek office.

Guinean presidential guard troops opened fire on a peaceful pro-democracy rally on Sept. 28. A Guinean human rights group says 157 people were killed. The government put the death toll at 57.

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