The head of the special forces in Guinea, Mamady Doumbouya a former French foreign legionnaire said on state television “We have dissolved government and state institutions,” he added “we are going to rewrite a constitution together.”
There were reports of rapid gunfire near the presidential palace in the capital Conakry early hours of Sunday and President Conde later appeared in a mobile phone recording apparently in an indignified manner surrounded by soldiers asking if he was hurt.
The West African regional bloc Ecowas, the African Union and the United Nations have condemned the military takeover in Guinea as air and land borders closed by neighboring countries.
The Coup plotters called a meeting for Monday inviting all heads of government institutions to the parliament. “Any failure to attend will be considered as a rebellion” the Coup plotters under the auspices of the National Rally and Development Committee (CNRD) said in their statement on national television.
The Nigerian government through the ministry of foreign affairs has condemned the military Coup and asked for a return to constitutional order. The U.S. State department also released a statement condemning the events that took place in Conakry.
Guinea is a mineral rich country with its main exports being gold, bauxite, iron ore and diamond.
Compiled by Abiodun Abidoye