The UN condemns the coup in Guinea and calls for the president to be released

The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres. Photo: EFE.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, condemned this Sunday the seizure of power by the military in Guinea-Conakry and called for the release of the country's president, Alpha Condé, detained during the coup, reports EFE.

“I am personally following the situation in Guinea very closely. I strongly condemn any takeover of the Government by force of arms and call for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé, ”Guterres said in a message in English via Twitter.

The Secretary General of the United Nations thus reacted to the situation in the African country, where this Sunday the military detained Condé and declared the dissolution of the Constitution and the Government.

"After taking the president, who is currently with us, we have decided to dissolve the Government, dissolve the Constitution in force, dissolve the institutions and close the land and air borders," the commander of the Army Special Forces Group said in a video. , Mamady Doumbouya.

Later, Doumbouya appeared on state television, flanked by several soldiers and with the national flag on his shoulders, to report on the creation of the "National Committee for Grouping and Development", which seeks to "initiate a national consultation to open an inclusive transition and peaceful".

The colonel justified the coup by "the lack of respect for democratic principles, excessive politicization of public administration, financial mismanagement, endemic poverty and corruption" that, in his opinion, prevail in the country.

The coup came after strong shots were heard in the center of the capital early in the morning and Army soldiers took up positions in the area.

On October 18, Guinea-Conakry held a presidential election in which Condé ran for a controversial third term, not allowed in principle by the Constitution, after holding a referendum in March 2020 to change the Magna Carta, approved with a 91,5% of votes in favor. 

 

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