Officers of its special forces Guinea have said they have arrested President Alfa Conte, seized control of the capital Conakry and dismantled state institutions in a coup condemned by the international community, but likely to mark the departure of a veteran of African politics.
The commander of the special forces, Mamadi Dubuja, announced alongside other coup officers in a video message “They have decided to arrest the president, to abolish the constitution, to dismantle the institutions, including the government, to close the land and air borders and to impose a traffic ban throughout the country of West Africa, which has been submerged for months. in a severe economic and political crisis.
The coup leaders also released a second video of President Conte being asked if he had been abused and who refused to answer.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the seizure of power in Guinea “by force of arms” and called for the immediate release of President Alfa Conte, 83.
“France” condemned the attempted seizure of power “in Guinea and called for the immediate and unconditional release of President Conte, in a statement issued by the French Foreign Ministry.
The coup was also condemned by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States, who demanded the release of President Conte and the restoration of constitutional order.
For months, Guinea, one of the poorest countries in the world despite its mineral and hydrological wealth, has been in an acute economic and political crisis, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.