World West Africans leaders to discuss Guinea's fate post-coup
'Unattainable power': the frustrations that drove Guinea's coup leader
'Unattainable power': the frustrations that drove Guinea's coup leaderDAKAR (Reuters) - In 2016, Mamady Doumbouya, a commander in the Guinean army, asked his superiors if he could have ammunition to train his troops in marksmanship. He never received it, he said, because they feared he would use the rounds to launch a coup.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Guinea's coup leaders have set a number of conditions for releasing the deposed president, the foreign minister of Ghana said, ahead of a meeting Thursday where West African leaders are likely to consider sanctions.
The regional bloc known as ECOWAS already has said it will impose penalties on the junta in Guinea unless it immediately releases deposed President Alpha Conde. He has been held at an undisclosed location since being detained during the Sept. 5 coup in Conakry.
EXPLAINER: Why is history repeating itself in Guinea's coup?
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Many hoped that Guinea's landmark 2010 election would finally bring the West African country a democratic leader after decades of corrupt dictatorship. Instead President Alpha Conde decided to stick around for a third term, modifying the constitution so that the term limits no longer applied to him. His plan to extend his rule prompted violent street protests in the capital, Conakry, last year — and ultimately sealed Conde's fate as vulnerable to a military coup.
Ghanaian Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway told reporters late Wednesday that members of the ECOWAS delegation that visited Conakry after the coup will present their report at Thursday's meeting. The junta has set a number of conditions for complying with the demands of regional mediators, she said, but declined to disclose what they are.
The delegation has spoken with Conde's doctor “who ascertained that indeed physically, he’s very well," she said. However, she said, the ex-president is still coming to terms with the fact that his government has been toppled after more than a decade in power.
“For anybody who has gone through such a traumatic experience like he did, mentally, it’s not the best, not to say that mentally we found anything wrong, but he was quite shocked; he’s still in a state of shock,” she added.
Coup d'etat in Guinea: the suspended country of Cédéao
The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States are waiting for the sending this Thursday of a mission to pronounce on economic sanctions © / AP / SIPA of the military at the coup in Guinea, in Conakry on September 5, 2021. Sanction - The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States are waiting for sending this Thursday D A mission to decide on economic sanctions even though they are still minimal, the first penalties begin to fall against the Guinea .
Meanwhile in Conakry, junta leaders were set to meet Thursday with mining company representatives on the third day of a special summit to chart Guinea's political future. Junta leader Col. Mamady Doumbouya has sought to reassure the country's most vital economic sector that the political changes will not impact existing mining projects in the country, which has the world's largest reserves of bauxite.
Guinea's coup leaders have yet to make public their proposed timeframe for handing over power to a civilian transitional government, nor have they outlined how quickly new elections can be organized.
As tanks rolled in 1991, AP photographer sprang into action
MOSCOW (AP) — On the morning of Aug. 19, 1991, I woke up to a loud rumbling outside. It was the same sound I heard during an earlier showdown between Soviet troops and pro-democracy protesters in Lithuania. It was the sound of battle tanks. The ominous noise on that morning 30 years ago was coming from the main state TV headquarters, a 15-minute walk from my apartment building in northern Moscow. When I went outside, I saw troops encircling state broadcast facilities and the massive Ostankino TV tower. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug.
Conde had sparked violent street demonstrations last year after he pushed for a constitutional referendum that he used to justify running for a third term, saying term limits no longer applied to him. He ultimately won another five years in office last October, only to be toppled by the coup 10 months later.
At the time he came to power in 2010, he was Guinea's first democratically elected leader since independence from France in 1958.
Guinea: two weeks after the coup, how advance the transition? .
© John Wessels / AFP A military vehicle stationed in Conakry on September 14, 2021, a few days after the coup in Guinea. Where are we in Guinea, two weeks after the coup that spilled Alpha Condé? The junta in power has launched broad national consultations since September 14, to prepare a charter of the transition. The Cédéao shrugged for a quick return to the constitutional order, but the National Committee for Gathering and Development (CNRD) ensures that it will not give pressure.