Who is behind the coup in Guinea?

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, commander of the Guinean army’s task force, said poverty and corruption prompted the force to overthrow President Alpha Conde.

Speaking on television, he added that the constitution would be rewritten.

Earlier, fighting broke out near the presidential palace in the capital Conakry on the morning of September 5 (local time). Hours later, several videos shared on social media showed special forces surrounding President Conde inside a room.

The 83-year-old leader refused to answer when a soldier asked him if he had been mistreated. The whereabouts of this leader is unknown.

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Special forces carried out the coup on September 5. Photo: Reuters

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. Photo: PM News

According to a military source, the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum area, where the presidential palace and many government buildings are located, has been blocked.

The coup group added that it has imposed a nationwide curfew until further notice and will convene a meeting of Mr. Conde’s cabinet on September 6 (local time).

The United Nations, the United States, the European Union (EU) and countries in the region strongly condemned the aforementioned act of overthrowing the government by force and called for the immediate release of Conde.

Particularly, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threatened to punish Guinea if it did not restore constitutional order.

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President Alpha Conde and Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. Photo: PM News

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A still image taken from a video shared on social networks shows President Alpha Conde in custody on September 5. Photo: Reuters

Mr. Conde came to power after declaring victory in October 2020. He changed the constitution to run for a third term, leading to opposition from the opposition. People have also recently been dissatisfied with the government’s move to increase taxes and fuel prices amid a budget deficit.

Mr. Conde became Guinea’s first elected president in 2010, then was re-elected in 2015. He survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

With a population of about 13 million, Guinea is currently among the poorest countries in the world.

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