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Guinea: Former PM warns against sanctioning coup leaders

– – As leaders of the West African regional bloc Ecowas prepare to decide whether to sanction Guinea over recent military takeover, a former prime minister of the country has said it will be a bad idea. Cellou Dalein Diallo who is also a leading opposition figure is asking ECOWAS not to impose economic sanctions on Guinea’s new military regime. He told AFP that the recent coup is “welcome development” and that “The junta does not deserve to be sanctioned because it put an end to a situation of lawlessness.”…

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ECOWAS suspends Guinea, demands Alpha Conde’s release

– – Guinea has been suspended by regional bloc ECOWAS for recent coup carried out by soldiers. The West African nation can no longer participate in ECOWAS activities until it returns to constitutional rule. ECOWAS leaders have also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of ousted President Alpha Conde. At the end of their extraordinary summit held by video conference, the regional leaders condemned Sunday’s coup against the Conde government and also demanded a return to constitutional order. An ECOWAS mission led by Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ghana is to visit…

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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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Military takeover in Guinea as Alpha Conde is arrested

The district of Kaloum is said to have been deserted as residents stay at home on the orders of soldiers. The leader of the special forces, Commander Mamady Doumbouya has confirmed the arrest of President Condé. Guinea’s president Alpha Conde has been arrested by the military. Earlier heavy gunfire was heard in the capital. #Conakry #Militarycouptinguinea pic.twitter.com/h9ZgQtipGo — Baillor Jalloh (@baillorjah) September 5, 2021 – – Last year there tension was high in Guinea with some streets reportedly deserted as security forces patrolled them to contain a post election violence.…

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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 and Senegal sign deal to reopen land border

– – Leaders of Guinea and Senegal have signed a deal to have their land border closed for months re-opened. A signing ceremony was held at the 59th ordinary session of the Ecowas authority of heads of state in Ghana’s capital, Accra on Saturday. The land border between Guinea and Senegal was closed last year ahead of elections in September 2020 in Guinea. Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde had said the border was closed for security reasons. Several discussions to end the crisis and have the border reopened have been fruitless…

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West African countries on high alert over Ebola outbreak

– – Countries in West Africa have been placed on high alert to quell an outbreak of Ebola. It follows a warning from the World Health Organization over Ebola infections in Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo. Guinea declared an outbreak of the virus on Sunday in the first return of the disease there since the 2013-2016 outbreak, while Congo has confirmed four new cases. Guinea has so far recorded up to 10 suspected cases of Ebola and five deaths. Since declaring the outbreak. The country has also identified 115 contacts of…

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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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