Coup leader:Guinea’s transition to civilian rule to take 3 years

Coup leader:Guinea’s transition to civilian rule to take 3 years

Ruling generals in Guinea say a transition back to civilian rule will probably take more than three years, a proposal certain to upset West Africa’s political bloc that has called for a swift return to constitutional order after last year’s coup.

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, head of the military government that took power in September, stated that after political consultations he was considering a transition of 39 months, the first time he has proposed a timeline.

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In September 2021, army officers led by Doumbouya removed elected President Alpha Conde in the impoverished former French colony.

Conde, 84, had drawn fierce opposition after he pushed through a new constitution in 2020 that allowed him to run for a third presidential term.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had set last Monday as a deadline for putting forward an “acceptable” transition timetable or risk economic and financial sanctions.

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Guinea’s ruling military let the deadline pass, however, asking ECOWAS for more time for consultations to continue.

ECOWAS has called for an “acceptable” timeline for a return to civilian rule, failing which it has threatened to extend sanctions applied to Guinea following the coup.

 

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