PRETORIA – Leader of Guinean rebels Colonel Mamady Doumbouya said on Sunday the country’s president, Alpha Conde, has been arrested by the military, Cote d’Ivoire’s news portal Infodrome reported citing social network.
“Guineans, the social, political and economic situation in the country is so difficult that the military has decided to undertake responsibility for the future of Guinea,” the news portal quoted Doumbouya as saying. His speech was broadcast via social networks.
He announced the suspension of the constitution, the dissolution of the parliament, the closure of outer borders, and called on servicemen to stay at their units.
Doumbouya also said he has taken the post of the leader of the national committee for consolidation and development, which is tasked to consolidate people to resolve the problems facing the country.
Doumbouya promised on Monday to set up a transitional government of national unity after ousting President Alpha Conde and dissolving his cabinet.
Sunday’s coup, in which Conde and other top politicians were detained or barred from travelling, is the third since April in West and Central Africa, raising concerns about a slide back to military rule in a region that had made strides towards multi-party democracy since the 1990s.
The takeover was widely condemned by international powers, placing pressure on the new military leaders to offer a plan beyond the toppling of the old order and to reassure investors that Guinea’s significant ore exports would not be cut.
“A consultation will be carried out to define the major framework of the transition, then a government of national unity will be put in place to lead the transition,” coup leader Mamady Doumbouya, a former French legionnaire officer, told a meeting of Conde’s ministers and senior government officials.
In an effort to quell fears, Doumbouya said sea borders would stay open so mining products could be exported. A nightly curfew now in place does not apply to the mining sector, he said.
“I can assure business and economic partners that activities will continue normally in the country. We are asking mining companies to continue their activities,” he said.