The government of Guinea has allegedly been dissolved by military officers, this followed hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry.
The military of Guinea has ceased power from the civilian leadership in a form of a coup on Sunday, September 5, 2021. The overthrown president, Alpha Condé is alleged to have been captured by the military officers, but the President has not released any information to that effect.
The TV address featured nine unnamed soldiers, several draped in the red, gold, and green national flag, who said they had taken over because of rampant corruption, mismanagement, and poverty.
Calling themselves the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development, they said the constitution had been dissolved and that there would be consultations to create a new, more inclusive one. The lieutenant colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who is said to be the leader of the group, issued a broadcast on state television, RTG, in which he said the government and its institutions were dissolved, the constitution was annulled and Guinea’s borders were closed.
Alpha Conde was first elected as the president of Guinea in 2010 and then re-elected in 2015. The country had a two-term presidential limit, but the 2020 constitutional referendum included a provision extending the length of terms and allowed Condé to “reset” his term limit and seek two more terms. Both the constitutional referendum and the 2020 presidential elections were followed by protests against Condé.