Conakry, Guinea – Guinea’s new military leaders took steps to consolidate their power on Monday after toppling the president alpha countAmong them are ordering the soldiers of the Presidential Guard to join the army of the junta and preventing government officials from leaving the country.
After subjugating the West African nation to military power for the first time in more than a decade, the junta noted that Guinea’s governors would be replaced by regional commanders. In addition, both the Constitution and the National Assembly were dissolved.
board chairman colonel mamdy doumbouyaSaid the new military regime would not take revenge on political enemies, but also directed officials of Conde’s deposed government to hand over their passports immediately.
“There will be no hatred or revenge. There will be no witch hunts,” said Doumbouya, 41, addressing the officers in a red beret and goggles with a crowd of armed soldiers. “But justice will be the compass that will guide all the citizens of Guinea.”
“Former members of the government will not be allowed to travel outside our borders during the transition,” announced Doumbouya, who headed the Guinean army’s special forces unit before taking power on Sunday. “All your travel documents and vehicles must be handed over to the general secretaries of your former departments.”
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The board also declined to set a time limit for Conde’s release, noting that the 83-year-old former president still has access to medical care and his doctors. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was quick to condemn the incidents, warning that it would impose sanctions if Conde was not released immediately.
Conde’s ouster on Sunday came as the president tried to run for a third term last year, noting that the two-term limit does not apply to him. State television showed the junta being greeted by some jubilant guineas, who chanted “Freedom!” had chanted. For the passage of military convoy through the streets.
Since the coup, the National Alliance for Change and Democracy party, with a long history in opposition, has affirmed that removing the government is “the hope of a new beginning for our nation.” But the party also urged the army to establish the rule of law at the earliest.
Likewise, it was unknown how much support Colonel Doumbouya had within the armed forces. As a Special Forces commander, he led elite elements, but it is likely that other troops would remain loyal to Conde and attempt to regain control over the next few hours or days.
According to analysts, tensions between the president and the colonel stemmed from a recent proposal to reduce some military pay.