Guinea coup leader sworn in as president

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Following a coup which saw the overthrow of Alpha Condé, Col Mamady Doumbouya has been sworn is as Guinea’s interim president.

The 41 year old former French legionnaire, emerges Africa’s second-youngest leader, after Mali’s Assimi Goïta, 38, who also staged a military seizure.

Col Mamady Doumbouya

Col Doumbouya is banned from contesting future elections under plans to reclaim civilian rule announced this week.

The 5 September coup has been widely criticized.

Nexus News recalls that Both West Africa body Ecowas and the African Union have suspended Guinea.

Also, Ecowas imposed sanctions against the coup leaders and mandated a return to constitutional order within six months.

Delivering a speech at the Mohammed V palace in Conakry, the new president said his mission was to “refound the state” by composing a new constitution, attacking corruption, changing the electoral system and putting in place “free, credible and transparent” elections, according to the AFP news agency.

Furthermore, he promised to “respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed”.

Guinea’s military junta has not stipulated how long it would take to organise elections.
But it says anyone taking part in the interim government, which will have a civilian prime minister, will be barred from standing.

The military coup leaders detained Mr Condé, 83, after their takeover, with Col Doumbouya assuring French media he was with them in a “safe place.”

His precise location remain uncertain.
Prior to his rise to power the colonel kept a low profile, but what makes him stand out is his international military experience, according to West Africa Political Analyst Paul Melly.

The colonel trained in France and served in the French military.

During his 15-year military career, Col Doumbouya served in missions in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Central African Republic and close protection in Israel, Cyprus, the UK and Guinea.

According to news website Africa Guinea, Guinea’s new leader is friends with his fellow coup mastermind in Mali – President Goïta.

The same site also notes that in 2018, the two military men crossed paths in Burkina Faso during a training session organised by the US army, which was reserved for the region’s special forces commanders.

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