The putschist soldiers had not forgotten any of the utensils or pictures, taken out in such a circumstance for their first appearance on Guinean airwaves: red berets screwed on their heads, camouflaged fatigues firmly strapped on, balaclavas and dark glasses. So much for the panoply.
The essential was elsewhere, dramatic, with the announcement of the placing under supervision of republican institutions by a mysterious National Committee of Rally and Development (CNRD) with imprecise outlines. The speech with populist accents justified the coup by the necessary safeguard of the country endangered, according to them, by the excess of power of Alpha Condé. The latter, president badly reelected in October 2020 for a third term after having carved out a new constitution to his measure, would be held by the actors of this putsch led by young officers of the special forces, usually in charge of the fight against terrorism.
Twenty-four hours later the sudden and brutal appearance of these factious soldiers, the course of events always has its gray areas. The inhabitants of the center of Conakry tell of having been awakened, Sunday in the early hours, by the “tac-a-tac” of automatic weapons crackling on the outskirts of the presidency of the Guinean republic located on the peninsula of Kaloum, district of business of the capital and administrative center of the state. These exchanges of “Heavy fire”, according to witnesses, probably opposed the elements of the presidential guard to the men of Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. The one who emerged on Guinean television as the leader of the group.
It would seem that the men of this colossus – a former member of the French Foreign Legion – quickly gained the upper hand. As far as we know, no victim is to be deplored. With the exception of Alpha Condé, who fell, figuratively speaking, on the political battlefield. The President of Parliament, Amadou Damaro Camara, the second figure in the state, generally described as tough within the Alpha Condé regime, was also reportedly arrested. The fate of the Minister of Defense, Mohamed Diané, another heavyweight in power, remained uncertain.
“People are afraid, they wonder what will be next and prefer to stay safe at home rather than rub shoulders with the military”
The 83-year-old president appeared on a video broadcast by the coup plotters, looking defeated, wearing jeans and a crumpled shirt, sitting on a sofa. Under the surveillance of the military, he displayed that black and stubborn gaze familiar to this former opponent who in 2010 became the first democratically elected president since the independence (in 1958) of this former French colony.
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