Guinea Junta To Prosecute Ousted President For Murder

A file photo of Alpha Conde.

 

Guinea said Wednesday it would prosecute former president Alpha Conde, who was toppled in a military coup last September, for murder and other crimes committed during his time in office.

Conde is among 27 former senior officials who face prosecution for “murder, assassination, and complicity,” according to a document given to journalists by prosecutor Alphonse Charles Wright.

Other alleged crimes include detention, torture, kidnapping, disappearances, rape, and other sexual abuse and looting.

The list of names includes a former president of the constitutional court, ex-speakers of parliament, a former prime minister, and many former ministers, legislators, and heads of the security services.

In a message to AFP, Wright, who was appointed by the junta, said the prosecution was launched following a complaint filed in January by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), an umbrella group that had spearheaded protests against Conde.

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The documents given to journalists appear to focus on alleged crimes committed in the last two years of Conde’s presidency.

Conde, today aged 84, was ousted by mutinous soldiers amid anger at his successful bid for a third term.

In 2010 he had become the first democratically elected president in the history of the West African country.

But his popularity dived in his second term as critics accused him of authoritarianism, and opposition protests were violently repressed. Dozens died, the overwhelming majority of them civilians.

Tension escalated bloodily in the runup to elections in October 2020.

The vote, boycotted by most of the opposition, followed a controversial referendum on constitutional change months earlier.

Critics said that Conde was limited to two terms in office, but he argued that the change to the constitution meant that the clock had been reset to zero.

He was deposed on September 5, 2021, by army officers led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a former special forces commander.

Doumbouya has since been sworn in as interim president and implemented a crackdown on alleged corruption by the former regime.

Those being held in custody include former prime minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, former parliament speaker Amadou Damaro Camara, and ex-electoral chief Louceny Camara.

Conde Question

Conde’s future became a major issue between the junta and the regional bloc ECOWAS after the coup.

He was initially detained and then allowed to go to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment in January, returning home on April 10.

On April 22, the junta declared it was informing “national and international opinion that the former president of the republic is finally free” — an assertion contested by Conde’s Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party.

Mineral-rich but deeply poor and saddled with a reputation for corruption, Guinea has enjoyed few periods of stability since gaining independence from France in 1958.

Many Guineans initially welcomed the coup but there is growing discontent in the nation of 13 million people.

On April 30, Doumbouya said he planned to restore civilian rule in 39 months — a timeline that dismayed those clamouring for earlier elections.

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UN Chief Urges Swift Return To Civilian Rule In Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali

In this file photo taken on February 4, 2020 United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. \ (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

 

UN chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday for the military juntas in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali to hand power back to civilians as soon as possible and reminded the world to deliver on “climate emergency” promises.

Speaking after meeting Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar, he said they had agreed on the need to keep talking to the de facto authorities in all three countries so as to get a swift return to “constitutional order”.

All three countries, struggling with a jihadist insurgency in the Sahel region, have recently experienced military coups: Mali in August 2020 and May 2021; Guinea in September 2021; and Burkina Faso in January 2022.

Sall is the current chair of the West African bloc ECOWAS, which has suspended all three countries from its membership.

ECOWAS imposed heavy sanctions against Mali in January after the regime there rejected a rapid return to civilian rule.

It has threatened similar sanctions against Guinea and Burkina Faso if they fail to enable a swift transition to civilian rule within a “reasonable” timeframe.

But the military regimes in both countries rejected the timetable set out by ECOWAS.

Last Monday, Ouagadougou said they had no plans to shorten the three-year transition period they had already announced.

And on Saturday evening, Guinea’s junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya said he had opted for a 39-month transition period to civilian rule.

The decision was roundly condemned Sunday by opposition leaders in Guinea, including both the party of the ousted president Alpha Conde and opposition groups that had opposed him.

The regime in Mali is also continuing to defy ECOWAS pressure.

On April 21 it announced the launch of a two-year transition “process” before elections are held.

ECOWAS had called for elections within 16 months at the most.

– Triple crisis –

Turning to the issue of global warming, Guterres said “the climate emergency… increases the security risk”.

African countries, he said, were “often the first victims” of global warming for which they are “not responsible”.

Developed countries had pledged to help the countries of the south to finance their “transition towards renewable energies and green jobs”, he noted.

“It’s time to take action. It’s time to keep the promise of 100 billion dollars a year made in Paris,” he said, referring to national pledges under the 2015 Paris Agreement aimed at capping global warming below two degrees Celsius.

In Dakar, Guterres visited the site of the future headquarters of the UN’s regional operations as well as a manufacturing unit soon to produce Covid-19 vaccines and also experimental anti-malaria and tuberculosis vaccines.

Guterres also addressed the consequences of the war in Ukraine on Africa, where he said the conflict “aggravates a triple crisis: food, energy and financial”.

To enable the countries of the continent to cope, Guterres urged once again international financial institutions to put in place “urgently… debt relief measures… so that governments can avoid default and invest in social safety nets and sustainable development for their people”.

Junta Releases Former Guinea President Conde 

A screengrab taken from footage sent to AFP by a military source on September 5, 2021, shows the President of Guinea Conakry Alpha Conde after he was captured by army putschists during a coup d’etat in Conakry on September 5, 2021. MILITARY SOURCE / AFP

 

Guinea’s ousted president Alpha Conde is “finally free” and can receive visitors, the junta who overthrew him has said.

Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010, but the 84-year-old was deposed by army officers last year and replaced by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

He was allowed to go to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment in January, coming back to Guinea on April 10.

His party, Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) has said that he was not truly free before or after his trip, and demanded his “total and unconditional freedom,”.

To back up its call, the RPG suspended its participation at a junta-organised national reconciliation conference in protest at his detention.

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A statement by the junta published late Friday said that Doumbouya “informs national and international opinion that the former president of the republic is finally free”.

“While continuing to benefit from adequate protection, he can receive on demand members of his biological and political family, friends, and close ones,” it said.

The statement said Conde will stay at his wife’s house in the capital Conakry until his own private house is constructed in the suburb of Kipe.

“The dignity and integrality of professor Alpha Conde will always be preserved,” the statement said.

The coup followed fierce protests over Conde’s successful bid for a third term in office — which critics said breached the constitution.

Doumbouya, who has been sworn in as interim president, has promised to restore civilian rule but resisted international pressure to commit to a date.

AFP

Guinean Ex-Ministers Held In Corruption Crackdown

Guinea Map

 

Two former ministers in the West African state of Guinea are being held under an anti-corruption drive launched by the military junta, one of their lawyers said.

Albert Damantang Camara, a former security minister under ousted president Alpha Conde, and Ibrahima Kourouma, an ex-housing minister, were ordered on Thursday to be held in custody by a special court for financial crimes, he said.

A former economy minister under Conde, Mamadi Camara, has also been formally placed under judicial investigation, said the attorney, Amara Bangoura.

They were questioned on Wednesday and Thursday by investigators for the CRIEF special court set up by the junta which toppled Conde last September.

They are being prosecuted for “embezzlement and complicity in embezzlement of public funds, illicit self-enrichment, corruption and laundering,” Bangoura told AFP.

The move marks a further escalation of an anti-graft crackdown launched by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a former special forces commander who heads the ruling junta.

Others in detention are former prime minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana; former defence minister Mohamed Diane; former environment minister Oye Guilavogui; and former oil and gas minister Zakaria Coulibaly. They were ordered held on April 6.

Conde, 84, was forced out by mutinous troops amid fierce protests over his successful bid for a third term.

In 2010 he became the first democratically-elected president in the country’s history. But his popularity dived in his second term as critics accused him of authoritarianism.

The authorities last month razed the house of former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, a three-time presidential candidate, saying it was state property that was obtained illicitly.

Guinea’s Ousted Ex-President Returns After Treatment Abroad

President Alpha Condé arrives at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Michael Tewelde/AFP)

 

 

Guinea’s ousted ex-president Alpha Conde returned to the country Friday after a trip to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, the ruling junta said.

Conde “returned to Conakry this afternoon after medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates,” according to a junta statement read on television.

Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010.

But the 84-year-old was deposed by army officers last year and replaced by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

The coup followed fierce protests over Conde’s successful bid for a third term in office — a plan critics said breached the constitution.

He was then allowed to leave Guinea for the UAE in January. His release was one of the demands made by the West Africa bloc ECOWAS after the coup.

The junta was reportedly reluctant to let him go abroad for fear of potential plots against their newly established rule.

“The former president will remain in Guinea as long as his health permits. His integrity and dignity will always be respected in accordance with his rank and status,” the National Rallying Committee for Development (CNRD), the junta’s governing body, said in Friday’s statement.

But Conde’s Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG) party condemned the junta for “arbitrary actions” against him and his former administration.

On Wednesday, former Guinean prime minister Kassory Fofana and three ex-ministers who served under Conde were detained on embezzlement charges, in the latest probe targeting prominent figures since last year’s military coup.

Guinea Ex-PM, Three Ministers Held For Alleged Embezzlement

In this file photo taken on February 27, 2013, the leader of the opposition party Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, takes part in demonstrations to demand transparency in elections scheduled for May 12 and protest against the South African company selected to revise the electoral roll in Conakry. CELLOU BINANI / AFP

 

A former Guinean prime minister and three ex-ministers were detained on embezzlement charges Wednesday, one of their lawyers said, in the latest probe targeting prominent figures since last year’s military coup.

Guinea’s military junta, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, deposed elected president Alpha Conde at age 83 amid fierce protests over his successful bid for a third term.

After seizing power last year, the junta promised to combat endemic corruption in the West African state.

It also stressed that it would not launch a witch hunt.

On Wednesday, a lawyer acting for Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, who served as prime minister under Conde from May 2018 until the coup, said the politician had been detained.

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Former defence minister Mohamed Diane, ex-environment minister Oye Guilavogui and former hydrocarbons minister Zakaria Coulibaly were also held, according to attorney Salifou Beavogui.

The four “have been charged with embezzling public funds,” said Beavogui, adding that they are expected to go on trial on Monday.

“We believe that they do not deserve to be in custody as, pending evidence to the contrary, they have the right to the presumption of innocence. We are dealing with a hasty and punitive procedure,” he said.

The four were ordered to be held after being cross-examined for three days. The details of their alleged offences have not been made public.

The detentions come amid a crackdown on alleged graft by coup leader Doumbouya.

Crackdown 

The authorities last month razed the house of former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, a three-time presidential candidate, saying it was state property that was obtained illicitly.

Diallo is also being investigated for alleged self-enrichment over the sale of assets in 2002 of the country’s bankrupt airline, Air Guinea.

As part of the crackdown against alleged graft, the junta has set up a special court for dealing with corruption cases.

It has also expelled numerous executives from the state services as part of its anti-graft drive, with former members of Conde’s RPG party coming under pressure as well.

The former prime minister and three ex-ministers — who are all RPG members — appeared before the corruption court on Wednesday, according to an AFP journalist.

Gendarmes subsequently escorted them to a prison in the capital Conakry.

Doumbouya has promised to restore civilian rule in Guinea. However, he also swore himself in as interim president and refused to commit to a date for elections.

Many Guineans initially welcomed the coup, but there is growing discontent with the junta in the impoverished nation of 13 million people.

On March 22, Doumbouya launched a six-week conference designed to heal historic wounds in the country, which has a history of authoritarian rule.

Prominent political groups, including a coalition that led protests against Conde, are boycotting the talks.

The RPG said in a statement it had “full confidence in the justice system of our country, despite actions that resemble a targeted attack”.

AFP

Team Nigeria Arrive Conakry For Africa Women’s Junior Handball Championship

 

Nigeria’s Under-20 female team have arrived in Conakry, Guinea for the 28th edition of the Africa Junior Handball Championship.

The championship is scheduled to take place from the 19th to the 26th of February 2022. Nigeria has been drawn in group B and will play their opening match against the hosts. Algeria and Gambia complete the group

Speaking to the media before their departure, Head Coach, Coach Bukola Duru said the team is ready to make Nigeria proud in Guinea. He said the timely friendly games they had against Safety Babes, champions of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, was useful.

“We are ready and with the level of training they have been getting, we’ll ensure we make Nigeria proud by proving our doubting Thomases wrong,” Coach Duro said.

“The board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria really supported us in all aspects and I know we will reciprocate by doing well in the court and ensure we not just qualify for the World Championship but also win the cup”.

“We had the experience of playing the defending champion of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League Safety Babes thrice and with the experience we have we can conquer Africa”, Coach Duru added.

 

Team captain, Toyin Yusuf, assured that the players are ready to win the cup for Nigeria.

“We are ready to win the cup’ and make Nigeria proud and with everything our coaches have put us through, we believe we are tactically and technically capable of doing well in the competition,” Toyin said

Team Nigeria delegation is led by the Technical Representative of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, Coach Bala Mohammed, and he is pleased with the level of support of HFN to the team.

Team List

1. Nuhu Wuraola
2. Alawaye Rahmat
3. Daniel Catherine
4. Inikpi Aruwa
5. Gbamire Grace
6. Muhinat Yusuf
7. Babatunde Taiwo
8. Yusuf Toyin
9. Abdullahi Favour
10. Adewole Faidat
11. Jimmy Gloria Habibat
12. Anih Jacinta
13. Babatunde Kehinde
14. Mathew Esther
15. Abdulrazak B.Idowu

Ex-Arsenal Forward Diawara To Coach Guinea At Africa Showpiece

Guinea Map

 

Kaba Diawara, who had spells for Arsenal and West Ham, will coach Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations next year, the country’s federation said Sunday.

The 45-year-old French-born former Guinea international took over temporarily after French coach Didier Six was sacked when Guinea failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Sega Diallo, the vice president of a crisis committee set up by the Guinean federation, told AFP Diawara will lead the team into the Africa Cup of Nations which takes place in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6.

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Diawara made 10 appearances for Arsenal in 1999 after signing from Bordeaux. He went on to play for Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain before making six appearances on loan at West Ham.

Guinea will be counting on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita to lead the West African nation’s challenge in Cameroon.

FIFA Confirms Appointment Of Normalisation Committees in Chad, Guinea

FIFA logo.

 

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has confirmed the appointment of a normalisation committee for the Guinean Football Association (FGF) and Chadian FA following a series of irregularities that happened during the electoral process of both associations.

The normalisation committee shall perform its functions by no later than 30 June 2022.

In order to guarantee that the FGF can hold transparent and fair elections as well as to help restore trust amongst all football stakeholders in Guinea, the normalisation committee’s mandate will include running the daily affairs of the FGF, to determine, together with the FIFA administration, whether there is a need to revise specific provisions of the FGF Statutes and Electoral Code in relation to the electoral process.

The committee will also ensure that new members of the Electoral Committee, Elections Appeal Committee, and, where relevant, of the judicial bodies are appointed by the FGF Congress and once the aforementioned committee members have been appointed, that elections of a new FGF Executive Committee can take place according to the FGF Statutes and regulations.

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The normalisation committee will consist of a suitable number of members, who will be appointed jointly by FIFA and CAF as soon as possible. All members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations.

None of the members of the normalisation committee will be eligible for the positions to be filled during the upcoming elections of the FGF under any circumstances.

As regards Chad, following the lifting of the suspension of the Chadian FA on 11 October 2021, a joint FIFA-CAF mission was deployed to N’Djamena in order to follow up on the ongoing discussions with the FTFA and the Chadian government.

Given the observed inability of the local football governing bodies to carry out an electoral process in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to all FIFA member associations as well as taking into account the shortcomings of the FTFA Statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the FTFA.

Its duties will encompass the following: run the daily affairs of the FTFA; review the FTFA Statutes and Electoral Code to ensure their compliance with the principles and requirements laid down in the FIFA Statutes and to ensure their adoption by the FTFA General Assembly and develop a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Sports and the FTFA, with FIFA’s guidance, including defined objectives and responsibilities for each party.

As the last step, it will act as an electoral committee in order to organise and conduct elections of a new FTFA Executive Committee based on the newly aligned FTFA Statutes and Electoral Code.

The normalisation committee will consist of a suitable number of members, who will be appointed jointly by FIFA and CAF as soon as possible. All members of the normalisation committee will be subject to an eligibility check carried out by the FIFA Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations.

The normalisation committee will serve as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for the positions to be filled during the elections under any circumstances. The mandate of the normalisation committee will expire on 15 November 2022.

ECOWAS Imposes Fresh Sanctions On Mali, Guinea

ECOWAS.

 

The West African regional grouping ECOWAS on Sunday hardened its stance against military-ruled Mali and Guinea, imposing new individual sanctions and calling on both countries to honour timetables for a return to democracy.

The Economic Community of West African States “has decided to sanction all those implicated in the delay” in organising elections set for February 27 in Mali, ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou told AFP after a summit of the 15-nation group in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

He said Mali had “officially written” to Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, who holds the rotating presidency of ECOWAS, to inform him that the Sahel country could not hold elections as planned.

“All the transition authorities are concerned by the sanctions which will take immediate effect,” Brou said, adding the travel bans and assets freezes targeted family members as well.

In a final declaration following Sunday’s summit, ECOWAS said it “highly deplores the lack of progress” towards staging elections in Mali.

The situation has raised concerns internationally, prompting a UN Security Council delegation to Mali late last month.

Council members “reiterated their call for the Malian transitional authorities to achieve… the handover of power to democratically elected civilian authorities within the agreed timeline,” the officials said in a statement.

Mali’s junta expelled the ECOWAS special envoy Hamidou Boly from the country on October 26, declaring him “persona non grata”.

On Sunday, ECOWAS condemned the expulsion.

As for Guinea, where soldiers seized power on September 5, ECOWAS decided to uphold the country’s suspension from the bloc as well as sanctions against individual junta members and their families.

It also reiterated its demand for the “unconditional release” of president Alpha Conde, 83, who has been under house arrest since his ouster.

In the final declaration, it praised the adoption of a “transition charter”, the appointment of a civilian prime minister and the formation of a transitional government — echoing Brou following an ECOWAS delegation to the country in October.

But it called on the authorities to “urgently submit a detailed timetable… towards the holding of elections” in the country of 13 million people.

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew Conde after months of discontent against his government, had promised to restore civilian rule after a transition period of unspecified length.

The ECOWAS leaders named Mohamed Ibn Chambas as its special envoy to Guinea, which had spent decades under authoritarian or dictatorial regimes before Conde’s election in 2010.

At a September summit, ECOWAS demanded that Guinea hold elections within six months.

The regional leaders also demanded that the Mali junta adhere “strictly” to that country’s transition timetable.

ECOWAS rescinded economic sanctions against Mali and its suspension from the organisation when the junta headed by Colonel Assimi Goita pledged a transition of no more than 18 months.

But Goita went on to mount a new coup in May, deposing transitional president Bah Ndaw and his prime minister, Moctar Ouane.

ECOWAS suspended Mali once again, but did not apply new sanctions.

Swathes of Mali, a vast nation of 19 million people, lie outside of government control because of a jihadist insurgency that emerged in the north in 2012, before spreading to the centre of the country as well as neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Brou noted that the deployment of contractors from the Russian paramilitary group Wagner in Mali was “one of the concerns of the heads of state”.

ECOWAS will hold its next summit in December when it will consider more sanctions “if the situation persists”, Sunday’s declaration stated.

AFP

Guinea Coup Leader Sworn In As President

In this file photograph taken on September 17, 2021, President of the National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD) Colonel Mamady Doumbouya (C) leaves a meeting with high level representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Conakry. JOHN WESSELS / AFP

 

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who led last month’s coup in Guinea, was sworn in as interim president on Friday promising to respect the West African state’s international commitments while transitioning to civilian rule.

Doumbouya, who led the overthrow of president Alpha Conde on September 5, was sworn in by Supreme Court head Mamadou Sylla for a transition period of unspecified length.

The new interim president spoke of his “commitment” that neither he nor any member of the junta would stand in any future elections that the military have promised to organise after the transition period.

His administration’s mission is to “refound the state” he said, by drafting a new constitution, fighting corruption, reforming the electoral system and then organising “free, credible and transparent” elections.

He once again said nothing at the time of his swearing in about how long he will remain the interim leader.

The new president also promised to “respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed.”

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Turbulence 

Wearing a beige dress uniform, red beret and dark glasses, the new national leader also vowed to “loyally preserve national sovereignty” and to “consolidate democratic achievements, guarantee the independence of the fatherland and the integrity of the national territory”.

The ceremony was held at the Mohammed-V palace in Conakry on the eve of a public holiday celebrating the 1958 declaration of independence from France.

Doumbouya will serve as transitional president until the country returns to civilian rule, according to a blueprint unveiled by the junta on Monday that does not mention a timeline.

The September 5 coup, the latest bout of turbulence in one of Africa’s most volatile countries, saw the overthrow of 83-year-old president Conde.

Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015.

But last year he pushed through a controversial new constitution that allowed him to run for a third term in October 2020.

The move sparked mass demonstrations in which dozens of protesters were killed. Conde won re-election but the political opposition maintained the poll was a sham.

The “charter” unveiled on Monday vows that  a new constitution will be drafted and “free, democratic and transparent” elections held, but does not spell out how long the transition will last.

The document says the transitional president will be “head of state and supreme chief of the armed forces… (and) determines the policies of the Nation,” with the power to name and fire an interim prime minister.

However, the president will be barred from being a candidate at the elections that will take place after the transition, it says.

The turbulence in the former French colony has sparked deep concern among Guinea’s neighbours.

The coup is the second to take place in the region, after Mali, in less than 13 months.

The region’s bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is demanding that elections be held within six months, as well as Conde’s release.

AFP

Guinea Junta Leader To Be Sworn In As President

In this file photograph taken on September 17, 2021, President of the National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD) Colonel Mamady Doumbouya (C) leaves a meeting with high level representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Conakry. JOHN WESSELS / AFP

 

Mamady Doumbouya, a special forces colonel who led a coup in the West African state of Guinea on September, will be sworn in as interim president on Friday, the authorities say.

Doumbouya will be sworn in at noon (1200 GMT) at the Mohammed V conference centre in the capital Conakry, a communique read late Wednesday on national television said.

He will become transitional president, serving before the country returns to civilian rule, according to a blueprint unveiled by the junta on Monday that does not mention a timeline.

The September 5 coup, the latest bout of turbulence in one of Africa’s most volatile countries, saw the overthrow of 83-year-old president Alpha Conde.

Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015.

But last year he pushed through a controversial new constitution that allowed him to run for a third term in October 2020.

The move sparked mass demonstrations in which dozens of protesters were killed. Conde won re-election but the political opposition maintained the poll was a sham.

The “charter” unveiled on Monday vows that  a new constitution will be drafted and “free, democratic and transparent” elections held, but does not spell out how long the transition will last.

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The document says the transitional president will be “head of state and supreme chief of the armed forces… (and) determines the policies of the Nation,” with the power to name and fire an interim prime minister.

However, the president will be barred from being a candidate at the elections that will take place after the transition, it says.

The turbulence in the former French colony has sparked deep concern among Guinea’s neighbours.

The coup is the second to take place in the region, after Mali, in less than 13 months.

The region’s bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is demanding that elections be held within six months, as well as Conde’s release.

AFP