[PHOTOS] Many Guineans celebrate as soldiers seize power

By Gideon Adonai

President Conde, in power for more than a decade, saw his popularity plummet since he sought a third term last year.

(People celebrate on the streets with members of Guinea’s armed forces after the arrest of President Alpha Conde. [Cellou Binani/AFP])

People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea’s armed forces after the arrest of Guinea’s president, Alpha Conde, in a coup d’etat in Conakry, September 5, 2021. – Guinean special forces seized power in a coup on September 5, arresting the president and imposing an indefinite curfew in the poor west African country.
“We have decided, after having taken the president, to dissolve the constitution,” said a uniformed officer flanked by soldiers toting assault rifles in a video sent to AFP. (Photo by CELLOU BINANI / AFP)

Mutinying soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in Conakry.

People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea’s armed forces after the arrest of Guinea’s president, Alpha Conde, in a coup d’etat in Conakry, September 5, 2021. – Guinean special forces seized power in a coup on September 5, arresting the president and imposing an indefinite curfew in the poor west African country.
“We have decided, after having taken the president, to dissolve the constitution,” said a uniformed officer flanked by soldiers toting assault rifles in a video sent to AFP. (Photo by CELLOU BINANI / AFP)

(Guinean special forces seized power in a coup d’etat, arresting the president and imposing an indefinite curfew in the West African country. [Cellou Binani/AFP])

Hundreds of people celebrated on the streets with members of Guinea’s armed forces after Conde’s arrest. The coup-makers announced on state television on Sunday the government had been dissolved.

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(People celebrate with members of Guinea’s armed forces on Sunday. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threatened to impose sanctions while the African Union said it would meet urgently and take “appropriate measures”. [Cellou Binani/AFP])

People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea’s armed forces after the arrest of Guinea’s president, Alpha Conde, in a coup d’etat in Conakry, September 5, 2021. – Guinean special forces seized power in a coup on September 5, arresting the president and imposing an indefinite curfew in the poor west African country.
“We have decided, after having taken the president, to dissolve the constitution,” said a uniformed officer flanked by soldiers toting assault rifles in a video sent to AFP. (Photo by CELLOU BINANI / AFP)

They also announced plans to replace Guinea’s governors with regional military commanders.

The country’s borders were closed and its constitution declared invalid in the announcement read by army Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya. “The duty of a soldier is to save the country,” he said.

People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea’s armed forces after the arrest of Guinea’s president, Alpha Conde, in a coup d’etat in Conakry, September 5, 2021. – Guinean special forces seized power in a coup on September 5, arresting the president and imposing an indefinite curfew in the poor west African country.
“We have decided, after having taken the president, to dissolve the constitution,” said a uniformed officer flanked by soldiers toting assault rifles in a video sent to AFP. (Photo by CELLOU BINANI / AFP)

(Elite army unit head Mamadi Doumbouya said “poverty and endemic corruption” had driven his forces to remove President Conde from office. [Cellou Binani/AFP])

A video emerged showing the 83-year-old Conde, looking tired and dishevelled, in military custody.

Conde, in power for more than a decade, had seen his popularity plummet since he sought a third term last year, saying term limits did not apply to him.

 

 

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