Determined to move ahead with its agenda, even in the face of sanctions threats from the international community, Guinea’s military leaders have launched a four-day national consultation to chart a path for the country.
September 14-17 The coup plotters meet with representatives of the main socio-economic and political actors to reach a consensus on the transition to democracy, according to a statement by the junta of the National Committee on Rally and Development (CNRD).
You will be with Representatives of political parties and civil society organizations, diplomats, religious and traditional leaders and business leaders will meet.
CNRD spokesman Colonel Amara Camara said on state television over the weekend that the meetings were part of national consultations promised to the junta when they took the reins.
All meetings are to be held at the Palais du Peuple in Conakry u nter the presidency of the coup leader Lt-Col Mamady Doumbouya. take place, according to the staff tement.
Lt-Col Doumbouya led a group of special forces on September 5 to take power in the West African nation, ending the 11-year rule of President Alpha Conde, whom they accused of corruption and maladministration.
Conde has been in custody since the coup, despite appeals from the West African regional bloc Ecowas, the African Union and the United Nations to release him.
Talks with The leaders of the political parties were scheduled for Tuesday. On Wednesday, the junta will meet with leaders of civil society organizations, diplomats and Diaspora Guineans.
Lt-Col Doumbouya will also meet with business leaders, including mining companies, who are concerned about the impact of the coup on their operations .
Meetings with the heads of employers’ associations are planned on Thursday, while on Friday it will be the turn of trade and financial institutions, including banks and microfinance institutions, as well as representatives of the trade unions.
During the Junta says this week’s meetings are aimed at hearing people’s views on Guinea’s future, analysts say they will also shed light on the kind of transitional government that the military has in mind.
The national consultation begins amid growing international pressure on the junta to bring the country back under civil rule.
A delegation from Ecowas with the military authorities to persuade them to hand over power to civilians.
Conde is said to have confirmed his right to the presidency at a meeting with a UN envoy this week.
He intended to resign despite the junta’s demand and insisted that he must be restored as the legitimate president of Guinea.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for West Africa and the Sahel, said Tuesday in Conakry that the global body had no timetable for the transition to civil rule. The Guineans have to decide that, he told reporters.
“So far we have said that we want a reasonable duration, but the appropriate duration depends on the Guineans themselves,” he said.