Eight Things To Know About Guinea’s Military Take Over

Eight Things To Know About Guinea’s Military Take Over

THE coup began on Sunday with reports of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in Conakry, the country’s capital.

At first, Guinea’s Defense Ministry said the incursion had been quashed. But photos soon emerged of the president in Military custody.

Here are eight things to know about the Coup in Guinea:

*Col. Doumbouya, a 41-year-old former member of the French legionary, appeared on State television Sunday to announce that the government and constitution had been dissolved and a new government would be formed soon, though he did not provide a timeline. He said he led the coup to end the president’s corrupt administration, which had failed to bring economic prosperity to the country. “We will no longer entrust politics to one man. We will entrust it to the people,” Doumbouya said.

*In a viral video on Sunday, 83-year-old Alpha Conde, was seen in custody of men in military uniforms.

*After the coup, many citizens took to the streets to celebrate Conde’s removal from power, running and cheering alongside passing military vehicles.

*Col. Doumbouya on Monday ordered ministers from the ousted government to a meeting and warned that failure to attend would be considered an act of rebellion.

*At the meeting, he ordered ministers from the ousted government not to depart the country and to hand over their official vehicles.

*Col. Mamady Doumbouya also encouraged companies that conduct mining in Guinea to continue their work, exempting them from a nationwide curfew.

*He said there would not be a witch-hunt against former officials.

*U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted that he was “personally following the situation in Guinea very closely,” and called for the military to release the deposed president.

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