Members of Guinea’s military enacted a coup on September 5, arresting the nation’s president and dissolving the Guinean constitution.
The coup’s leader, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya said “We have dissolved government and institutions.”
“We call our brothers in arms to join the people,” Doumbouya added. “The personalization of political life is over. We will no longer entrust politics to one man, we will entrust it to the people.”
On September 5, videos started to circulate on social media showing Guinea President Alpha Conde detained by soldiers in an undisclosed location.
The next day, Reuters reported that “Guinea’s military had detained other top politicians in Guinea and barred them from leaving the country.”
Despite Conde becoming the first president to be elected in Guinea via a democratic election, his popularity cratered after a controversial election in 2020 put him in charge for a third term.
Before Conde, the country had been run by autocratic governments since the country gained independence from France in 1958.
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