A Guinean army colonel has gone on state television to say that President Alpha Conde’s government has been dissolved along with the constitution in a coup.
Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya sat, draped in a Guinean flag with other soldiers by him, as he read a statement Sunday on the uprising on state television, vowing: ‘The duty of a soldier is to save the country.’
The group call themselves the National Committee of Gathering and Development vowed to restore democracy and also ordered the closure of the country’s borders.
However, the Defense Ministry put out a statement of its own Sunday, saying that the attack on the presidential palace in the capital of Conakry had been repelled.
President Alpha Conde, 83, who has been in power for more than a decade, has been seen today in the custody of army special forces.
He had seen his popularity plummet since he sought a third term last year, saying that term limits did not apply to him.
‘We will no longer entrust politics to one man; we will entrust it to the people,’ Doumbouya said, adding that the constitution would also be dissolved and the country’s borders would be closed for one week.
Doumbouya, who has headed a special forces unit in the military, said he was acting in the best interests of the nation, since he said not enough economic progress has been made since the country became independent from France in 1958.
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Source: Daily Mail