Nigeria, UN Condemn Guinean Coup, Demand Return to Constitutional Order
Guinean Army on Sunday said they had captured Guinean president, Alpha Condé, and staged a coup, while the government insisted it has repelled the attack.
Colonel Mahamady Doumbouya claimed the headship of a certain National Rally and Development Council (CNRD).
“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.
In a short broadcast, soldiers, who staged the coup, said they have dissolved the constitution and the government in the country.
But, the defence ministry said an attack on the presidential palace by mutinous forces had been contained.
The defence ministry said in a statement that “The presidential guard, supported by the loyalist and republican defence and security forces, contained the threat and repelled the group of assailants.
“Security and combing operations are continuing to restore order and peace.”
Gunshots had broken out near the seat of power, with several sources saying an elite national army unit, led by a former French legionnaire, Mahamady Doumbouya, was behind the unrest.
Earlier, videos shared on social media showed military vehicles patrolling streets in the capital, with a military source saying the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum neighbourhood that houses the palace and most government ministries, had been sealed.
Condé won a controversial third term last October after altering the constitution to allow him stand for the poll despite violent protests from the opposition.
The move had raised concerns of a backslide in a region that has seen coups in Mali and Chad in recent months.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has condemned the coup that ousted President Alpha Conde of Guinea, calling for the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order in the country.
In a statement on Sunday by spokesperson to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Esther Sunsuwa, the government in Nigeria said “The Nigerian Government is saddened by the apparent coup d’état that has taken place in the Republic of Guinea today, in clear violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
“The Government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore calls on those behind this coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and property,” the statement read.
Also, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres demanded immediate restoration of democratically elected government in Guinea and Condé’s release.
In a tweet, he said: “I am personally following the situation in Guinea very closely.”
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