The government of Guinea has been allegedly overthrown by the military. All sea, air and land borders are all closed.



The government of Guinea has been allegedly overthrown by the military. All sea, air and land borders are all closed.

Guinea president Alpha Conde has been 'taken' and government dissolved. However, a government statement says they have been repulsed. It all started when heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in Guinea's capital, Conakry. Several sources said an elite national army unit led by a former French legionnaire, Mamady Doumbouya, was behind the unrest. 83-year-old President Alpha Conde won a controversial third term in October after changing the constitution to allow him to stand again despite violent protests from the opposition, raising concerns to backslide in a region that has seen coups in Mali and Chad in recent months.

After several hours of confusion, men-at-arms commanded by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a former legionnaire of the French army, announced on Guinean national television and radio that they had taken over the presidential guard in Kaloum in the capital of the Guinea Conakry.

"We decided, after seeing the President - who is with us - to dissolve the current constitution, dissolve the government and close the land and air borders," said Mamady Doumbouya.

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, head of the Special Forces Group (GPS), an elite unit of the army both trained and equipped, justified this political turnaround by "the dysfunction of republican institutions", "the instrumentalization of justice ”and“ the trampling of citizens' rights ”.

He invited the whole army to unity "in order to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Guinean people".

He asked that the elements of the army remain in the barracks and continue with their daily tasks.

As a reminder, last May, rumors even reported a possible arrest of Mamady Doumbouya in Conakry.

Alpha Condé has been President of Guinea since December 2010. He was re-elected twice in 2015 and 2020.

He chaired the African Union from January 2017 to January 2018

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