Sep 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Guinea awaits future after coup leaders demand talks

The West African state of Guinea was waiting for news about its future on Monday when a new military junta convened the outgoing cabinet the day after the president was overthrown.

Elite troops led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya shared the departing. with ministers and institutional leaders gathered at 1100 GMT in parliament in the capital, Conakry.

“Any refusal to participate will be counted as a rebellion,” they warned.

Impoverished and fickle, the The West African state was hit by new unrest on Sunday when special forces arrested 83-year-old President Alpha Conde, declared they would lift the constitution and impose a curfew.

Land borders were closed, the government dissolved and top governors and other senior administrative officials have been replaced by the military, the junta said. Discontent had grown for months over a Covid-hit economy and the leadership of Conde, who became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 .

He was re-elected five years later – but in 2020 he sparked anger after pushing through changes to the constitution that allowed him to issue an F. rist to avoid two terms.

Doumbouya appeared in the national flag on public television on Sunday, accusing the government of “endemic corruption” and “violating civil rights”.

“We will no longer entrust politics to a man, we will entrust politics to the people,” said the coup leader said.

“Guinea is beautiful. We no longer need to rape Guinea; we just have to sleep with her. “

He promised to launch a” national consultation to open an inclusive and calm transition. “

An umbrella group called FNDC that led protests against Conde’s constitutional amendments said that imprisoned members would be released on Monday.

A video that the coup plotters sent to AFP on Sunday showed Conde sitting on a sofa surrounded by troops.

Wearing a crumpled shirt and jeans and sitting on a sofa, he refused to answer a soldier’s question about whether he had been mistreated.

Troubled nation

Guinea 13 million people are among the poorest in the world, although their country is a treasure trove of minerals from bauxite and iron ore to gold and diamonds.

It has seen little stability since the declaration of independence from France in 1958 bloody repression is firmly anchored.

Conde has been accused of having followed the same path to authoritarianism in the last few years of his rule.

Dozens of people were killed in demonstrations against his bid for a third term and hundreds more were arrested.

He became last Appointed president year after elections, which his main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo and other opposition figures, denounced as a fraud.

The latest turmoil erupted on Sunday morning when gunfire broke out in the center of Conakry. The situation was unclear for several hours as the government said an attack on the presidential palace had been “blocked”.

There are no official details of the victims and no report of a major incident that occurred during the night .

The end of Conde’s regime sparked cheers in some parts of Conakry, particularly in opposition districts.

The junta said Sunday that land and air borders have been closed , but on Monday it was said the air borders had reopened.

Conakry, usually a busy town, woke up quietly on Monday. Many shops were closed and the main Medina market was exceptionally quiet.

International Condemnation

Outside Guinea, international leaders condemned the recent unrest in West Africa, a region where many countries are struggling with poverty , Inequality and jihadist bloodshed.

“Violence and any extra-constitutional action will only undermine Guinea’s prospects for peace, stability and prosperity,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price, calling on all parties to to adhere to the rule of law.

The African Union and the United Nations both demanded the release of Conde.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through their actions President, Ghana’s leader Nana Akufo-Addo, threatened sanctions if the constitutional order of Guinea is not restored.

The EU and France, the former colonial power, both have the Condemned coup – the latest in a region that saw the recent military takeovers in Mali and Chad.