Guinea coup: Soldiers seek to tighten grip after ousting Alpha Condé

A group of soldiers who ousted Guinea’s President Alpha Condé from power yesterday (Sunday) have ordered the country’s cabinet to attend a mandatory meeting today (Monday).

Those who refuse to attend the 11:00 GMT meeting will be considered rebels, a statement on state TV said.

President Condé remains in detention, but his fate is unclear.

The UN, African Union, and regional body Ecowas have condemned the coup and called for a return to civilian rule.

“I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by force of the gun and call for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé,” the UN secretary-general António Guterres tweeted.

The soldiers announced the dissolution of the constitution, closure of the borders and a nationwide curfew.

In a broadcast on state TV last (Sunday) night, they said regional governors had been replaced by military commanders, and the ousted 83-year-old president was safe but in detention.

The head of the country’s special forces, Col Mamady Doumbouya, said his soldiers had seized power because they want to end rampant corruption and mismanagement.

President Condé was re-elected for a controversial third term in office amid violent protests last year.

The veteran opposition leader was first elected in 2010 in the country’s first democratic transfer of power.

Despite overseeing some economic progress, he has since been accused of presiding over numerous human rights abuses and harassment of his critics.

Source: BBC


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