SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 22 May 2024, Wednesday |

Guinea’s president ‘detained in coup attempt’

Mutinous soldiers in Guinea announced a nationwide curfew “until further notice, they said that they “have detained President Alpha Conde, declaring on state television that the government had been dissolved in a coup.”

Guinea’s special forces soldiers announced on state television on Sunday that they have toppled President Alpha Conde.

The elite army unit’s chief, Mamady Doumbouya, said “poverty and endemic corruption” had driven his soldiers to remove Conde from office.

“We have dissolved government and institutions,” Doumbouya — a former French foreign legionnaire — announced on television, draped in Guinea’s national flag and surrounded by eight other armed soldiers.

“We are going to rewrite a constitution together,” he said, adding that his forces have also closed Guinea’s land and air borders, and that a transitional government will soon be formed.

“The personalization of political life is over. We will no longer entrust politics to one man. We will entrust it to the people,” Doumboya said.

The special forces also announced a nationwide curfew “until further notice” as well as the replacement of governors by the military.

The soldiers said that the military would convene Conde’s cabinet ministers and other top officials at 11:00 am (1100 GMT) on Monday in Conakry.

Gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the Guinean capital of Conakry, following reports of an attempted coup, witnesses told Reuters and several other news agencies. At least two people sustained injuries.

The shots were fired in the Kaloum peninsula area of the capital, which is home not only to the presidential palace, but other government institutions and ministries.

A source in the presidential palace told DW that the president was detained by special forces. Yet, the source added that the soldiers staging the coup are only a small group, with the rest of the army staying loyal to Conde.