Guinea President Alpha Conde arrested as apparent coup laid out, Guinean military official says

Guinean military officer says President Alpha Conde arrested, as apparent coup unfolds

A Guinean military officer broadcast an announcement Sunday publicizing that Guinea’s Constitution has been liquified in an obvious coup.

” We will no longer leave the governments to a guy. We will certainly entrust it to the people. We come only for that; it is the duty of a soldier, to conserve the country,” Guinean army officer Mamady Doumbouya says in the video clip.

A consultant to President Alpha Conde told CNN that Conde is under arrest and that a coup has taken place in the West African nation.

The location of the 83-year-old, who won a heavily disputed political election last year, is unclear.

In the video, Doumbouya– putting on a special forces uniform– claims they have actually arrested Conde and suspended the constitution, the government and all other organizations. He also announced the closing of land as well as air boundaries. The video has actually been widely circulated and reported by local media.

Curfew declared previous ministers summoned

In a later update that was broadcast on national TELEVISION, armed forces officers declared a countrywide curfew and said Conde was unharmed.

” We would like to guarantee the national as well as the international community, the physical, as well as moral integrity of former President (Alpha Conde), is not threatened,” a military officer said, according an interpretation released by Reuters. “We took all the necessary measures for him to have access to health-related care and even to be in contact with his physicians.”

No clear evidence was provided of Conde’s condition and CNN has not been able to verify the military official’s claims.

The officers went on to say that an across the country curfew had been declared in Guinea. “The curfew is executed from 8 p.m., across the country, and this until further notice,” an officer said, reading from a statement.

The officers also invited outgoing ministers and former heads of institutions to a meeting at 11 a.m. Monday.

” Any type of failing to participate in will be taken into consideration as a rebellion against the CNRD,” they said, describing the group’s name, which in French stands for the National Rally and Development Committee.

‘ Sustained gunfire’
Gunfire erupted Sunday in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in what appeared to be a coup attempt, according to several social networks posts and witnesses who talked to CNN.

Heavily armed soldiers existed in Conakry’s Kaloum location, the site of many government buildings, basing on to video clips shared on social media.

One widely circulating video clip appeared to show Conde surrounded by Guinean soldiers.

Earlier in the day, the British Embassy in Conakry advised there was “sustained gunfire in several places of Conakry” and also asked people to remain alert and avoid movement.

“It is time for us to understand each other, to join hands, to sit down, to create a constitution that is adapted to our realities, with the ability of addressing our issues,” Doumbouya said in the video clip.

Another video circulating on social media sites revealed Guineans supporting military vehicles and waving flags in the capital.


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