Coup d’etat leaders in Guinea speak of ‘national unity’ and release of prisoners – Prime Time Zone

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Within hours of the ousting of the former president, Alpha Conde, last Sunday, the 5th, the military imposed a curfew and dissolved the government.

Reproduction / Twitter / Colonel Mamady Doumbouya OfficielThe seizure of power takes place at a time of widespread dissatisfaction with the former president’s government, accused of going beyond constitutional limits amid an economy even more fragile due to the effects of the pandemic

After the removal of the president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, aged 83, last Sunday, 5th, leaders of the military coup d’etat announced, in a statement broadcast on national television, that they assess the release of political prisoners “as soon as possible” and the removal of security roadblocks in the capital Conakry. “The President of the National Council for Recovery and Development instructed the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice today to contact the Public Ministry, the penitentiary administration and lawyers in order to carry out an in-depth analysis of the archive of political prisoners for their release as soon as possible,” said Colonel Amara Camara, a member of the Junta Militar. On Monday 6, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, leader of the coup, guaranteed that business would not be affected and promised that “a government of national unity will be established to lead the transition”.

The seizure of power takes place at a time of widespread dissatisfaction with the former president’s government, accused of going beyond constitutional limits amidst a stagnant economy that has been further weakened by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Wrapped in the national flag, Doumbouya appeared on public television shortly after the coup, accusing the government of “endemic corruption” and “trampling of citizens’ rights”. Within hours, the military declared it was repealing the Constitution, imposed a curfew, dissolved the government, and replaced the top governors and other administrators with the military. “Restoration of curfew: from 10 pm to 5 am until further notice. I invite all Guineans to respect the sanitary measures decreed by the ANSS”, published Doumbouy on Twitter. Video sent by the coup plotters to the AFP news agency showed the former president sitting on a sofa surrounded by soldiers. The African Union and the United Nations called for Conde’s release.