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Guinea: Ex-leader Alpha Conde released, moved to wife’s home

– – Guinea’s deposed president, Alpha Conde has been released by the ruling military junta after weeks of calls by the international community for that to be done. Mr. Conde is now reported by the soldiers to have been moved to his wife’s home in the capital Conakry. The ruling junta, the National Rally Committee for Development (CNRD), said in a statement broadcast on state television that the former president is now with his wife, Hadja Djene Kaba Condé. The military rulers said they would “continue to provide the former…

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Guinea’s coup leader sworn in as interim president

– – The man who toppled the Alpha Condé regime in Guinea last month has now been sworn in as the interim president. Col Mamady Doumbouya led a coup to overthrow President Condé who was just starting his controversial third term in office. 41-year-old Doumbouya now joins Mali’s Assimi Goïta, 38, as the continent’s youngest leaders – all through a coup. The military junta has already laid down plans towards returning the country to a civilian rule. Key among those plans is the formation of a transitional government to be…

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Guinea coup leaders impose curfew, order ministers for a meeting

– – Guinea’s coup leaders have imposed a nationwide curfew as they move to consolidate power following Sunday’s coup. Residents are to remain indoor by 8pm local time until further notice, according to the new military. The soldiers have also ordered government ministers and national figures to attend a meeting on Monday. These ministers and national figures have been warned against not honoring the invitation since they would be regarded as a rebel. Video received: soldiers in Guinea have appeared on state TV and announced an 8pm curfew nationwide.Civil servants…

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya is Guinea’s coup leader

– – It has now emerged that Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, commander of the country’s special forces led Sunday’s military takeover in Guinea. He has since appeared in a video circulated to local media and across social media confirming the arrest of President Alpha Conde. Doumbouya said the President is unharmed and announced that the government has been dissolved and the constitution suspended. Doumbouya’s men surrounded the Presidential palace on Sunday morning engaging in a gun battle with Conde’s security details. There are reports of at least three soldiers dying amid…

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UN and AU call for the release of Guinea’s President after coup

– – The United Nations and the African Union have both called for the immediate release of Guinea’s toppled president, Alpha Conde following Sunday’s military coup. President Alpha Conde has been arrested and detained by soldiers who carried out the coup and is reportedly unharmed. Videos and pictures of him surrounded by soldiers have been circulating on social media on Sunday. Conde’s government is said to have been dissolved and the constitution suspended. But the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Twitter that…

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Guinea: Heavy gunfire near presidential palace in Conakry

Heavy gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday morning. Eyewitnesses say armoured vehicles and trucks carrying soldiers have been patrolling the streets. It is not clear what might have sparked the gunfire with media reports saying at least three soldiers have been killed. Last year there tension was high in Guinea with some streets reportedly deserted as security forces patrolled them to contain a post election violence. Supporters of the opposition had been clashed with security forces after Guinea’s President Alpha Condé won a…

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Guinea: Conde’s re-election for third term confirmed

– – Guinea’s constitutional court has confirmed the re-election of incumbent president Alpha Conde. Conde was re-elected for a controversial third term with 59.5 percent of the vote and the constitutional court confirmed that on Saturday. Conde’s main rival Cellou Dalein Diallo received 33.5 percent, the court said. According to the judges Conde’s support was above the absolute majority needed to win in the first round. But the opposition has said that his election victory was characterized by irregularities in the October 18 vote. – – The court however said…

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Guinea: At least 30 killed in post-election violence

– – At least 30 people have been reported dead in a post-election violence in Guinea after President Alpha Condé won this month’s disputed election. Tension has been heightening in the country since the election results were declared with the opposition rejecting them. Supporters of the opposition have been clashing with security forces for days now resulting in deaths. The electoral commission confirmed President Alpha Condé’s controversial third term in office last week. Preliminary results from the electoral commission showed that the 82-year-old secured 59.5% of the vote. – –…

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Guinea: Tension heightens after Alpha Condé secures third term

“We are still going to refer the matter to the constitutional court, without having too many expectations,” Mr Diallo told Agence France-Presse. – – He added that “We are going to protest against this electoral hold-up through the street. We are in the process of building a case, which is very difficult since our office is occupied, we don’t have access to our documents, but we are nevertheless going to refer the matter to the constitutional court.” Meanwhile the ruling party has asked the opposition to desist from violence amid…

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Guinea Election: 82-year-old Alpha Condé heads to victory

– – Guinea’s President, Alpha Condé is heading to victory in the recently held presidential elections. Preliminary results of Sunday’s election shows that the 82-year-old leader is set for a first round victory. On Thursday the election commission released another set of results showing that Alpha Conde is the clear leader in the race. According to results from 37 out of 38 electoral districts, Mr. Conde has a lead of 1.2 million votes, Reuters news agency reports. His main challenger, the opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has however decried what…

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