Guinea’s new military leader seeks to strengthen its seizure of power after defeating President Alpha Conde, and refusing to attend a meeting convened on Monday is considered a rebellion against military junta. Warned the authorities.
After returning the West African nation to military junta for the first time in more than a decade, the junta said the Governor of Guinea was to be replaced by the regional commander. The curfew was enforced and both the national constitution and the Diet were dissolved.
Military junta also refused to issue a timeline to release Conde, saying the 83-year-old testimony-taken leader still had access to medical care and his doctors. However, a regional block in West Africa, known as ECOWAS, demanded his immediate release and threatened to impose sanctions if the request was not met.
Conde was forcibly dismissed on Sunday, saying that term restrictions do not apply to him after the president called for a controversial third term last year. Both political opponents and military junta sought his expulsion, but it was unclear how they would unite on Monday.
It was also unclear how much support the military junta leader, Captain Mamadi Dunbowya, was in the larger army. As commander of the Army Special Forces, he commanded elite soldiers, but others who remained loyal to the exiled president could launch a counter coup in the coming hours or days. ..
Doumbouya, who announced a coup d’etat on state television, has established himself as a Guinean patriot who said he had not made any financial progress since gaining independence from France decades ago. Observers, however, say the tension between the Guinean president and the military colonel stems from recent proposals to reduce some military salaries.
“We no longer entrust politics to one man. We leave it to the people,” he said, the Guinean flag with about half a dozen other soldiers on his side. Covered with.
Military junta then announced plans to replace the Governor of Guinea with a regional commander at a public event on Monday, warning that “if he refuses to appear, it will be considered a rebellion.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted that he strongly condemned “gun hijacking of the government.”
A fierce shooting broke out near the presidential residence on Sunday morning, lasting for hours. This has caused horror in countries that have already experienced multiple coups and attempts to assassinate the president. The Defense Department initially claimed that the attack had been repelled by security forces, but uncertainty increased as there were no subsequent signs of Conde on state television or radio.
Subsequent developments closely reflect other military coups in West Africa. Colonel Army and his colleagues seized control of radio waves, professed a commitment to democratic values, and announced their names: National Assembly and Development Commission.
It was a dramatic setback for Guinea. In Guinea, many wanted the country to turn pages about gaining military power.
Conde’s 2010 election victory was the country’s first democratic vote and should have been a fresh start after decades of corrupt authoritarian rule and political turmoil. But since then, opponents have said that Conde has also failed to improve the lives of Guineans. Most Guineans live in poverty, despite the bauxite and gold-rich minerals.
The year after Conde’s first election, he barely survived an attempted assassination. A shooter surrounded his house overnight and rocketed his bedroom. A rocket-propelled grenade landed on the premises, killing one of his bodyguards.
Violent street demonstrations took place last year after Conde organized a referendum to amend the constitution. Anxiety intensified after he won the October election, and opposition parties said dozens were killed during the crisis.
In neighboring Senegal, which has a large Guinean diaspora against Conde, he was relieved by the news of his political demise.
“President Alpha Conde deserves a testimony,” said Malik Dialo, a young Guinean shopkeeper on the outskirts of Dakar.
“I know the coup isn’t good,” said Mamadu Sariou Dialo, another Guinean living in Senegal. “The president must be elected by a democratic vote, but we have no choice. We are too old to dream of Guineans anymore and leave power. There is a president who does not want to. “
Guinea has a long history of political instability. In 1984, after the death of the first post-independence leader, Lansana Conte ruled the country. He was accused of maintaining power for a quarter of a century and sucking up state resources to enrich his family and friends until his death in 2008.
The country’s second coup soon followed, and was commanded by Captain Musa “Dadis” Kamala of the Army. During his reign, security forces fired at demonstrators at the Conakry stadium, which was protesting his plans to run for president. Human rights groups say more than 150 people were killed and at least 100 women were raped. Kamala went into exile after surviving an attempted assassination, and the interim government organized a groundbreaking 2010 election in which Conde won.
Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal. The Associated Press writer Baba Cardion in Dakar, Senegal and Edith M. Rederer of the United Nations contributed to this report.