According to the station BBC On September 5, appearing on national television, the group of soldiers announced the dissolution of the government. However, Guinea’s defense ministry said the coup attempt was thwarted by the presidential guard.
The announcements came hours after heavy fighting near the presidential palace in the capital Conakry.
Guinea is rich in resources but is currently one of the poorest countries in the world because of years of instability and mismanagement.
The group of soldiers, calling themselves the National Commission for Reconciliation and Development (NCRD), declared the coup because the government’s corruption and mismanagement led to the country’s poverty.
A group of soldiers claiming to be the National Commission for Reconciliation and Development (NCRD) declared the coup because of government corruption and mismanagement. Photo: Guinea TV
The group announced the government of Guinea has been dissolved and will hold consultations to form a new, more inclusive government.
According to various sources, this coup was led by an elite unit led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.
In the video above, the soldiers asked President Condé, 83, to confirm he was safe, but he refused to respond. President Condé won a third term in a controversial election amid a wave of violent protests last year.
Those behind the above coup announced the closure of land and air borders for a week.
Before that, the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum peninsula, where most of the ministry and presidential palace are located, was blocked while many soldiers appeared around the presidential palace, Reuters citing a military source. Several unconfirmed reports claimed three soldiers were killed.
Guinean President Alpha Conde. Photo: Reuters