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ARMY SEIZED POWER IN GUINEA

ARMY SEIZED POWER IN GUINEA

Context:

Guinean special forces seized power in a coup, arresting the president and imposing an indefinite curfew in Guinea.

  • According to an officer, Guinea's land and air borders had been shut and the government dissolved.

Government’s 'Mismanagement':

  • Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of Guinea's military special forces, appeared on public television, draped in the national flag, saying government "mismanagement" prompted the coup.

Background:

  • The most recent presidential poll in Guinea, in October 2020, was marred by violence and accusations of electoral fraud. 
  • Conde won a controversial 3rd term, but only after pushing through a new constitution in March 2020 allowing him to sidestep the country's two-term limit.
  • Dozens of people were killed during demonstrations against a third term for Conde, often in clashes with security forces. Hundreds more were arrested.

Condemnation on Global Level:

  • The US State Department condemned the putsch and warned it could "limit" Washington's ability to support Guinea.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the coup in a tweet and called for Conde's immediate release.

Guinea:

  • It is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.

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