“We will no longer hand politics over to a man. We will entrust it to the people. We only come for that; it is the duty of a soldier, to save the country, ”said Guinean army officer Mamady Doumbouya in the video.
An adviser to President Alpha Condé told CNN that Condé was under arrest and a coup d’état had taken place in the West African country.
It was not immediately clear where Condé was.
In the video, Doumbouya – wearing a special forces uniform – says they arrested Condé, suspended the constitution, government and all other institutions. He also announced the closure of land and air borders. The video was widely broadcast and reported by local media.
Heavily armed soldiers were present in the Kaloum region of Conakry, the site of many government buildings, according to videos shared on social media.
A widely circulated video appears to show Condé, the 83-year-old Guinean leader, who won a hotly contested election last year surrounded by Guinean soldiers.
“It is time for us to understand each other, to join hands, to sit down, to write a Constitution adapted to our realities, capable of solving our problems,” Doumbouya said in the video.
Another video circulating on social media showed Guineans applauding military vehicles and waving flags in the capital.
CNN has not independently verified the authenticity of the videos.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for Condé’s release as reports of an apparent coup unfold.
Condé won the presidency in 2010, taking control of a military junta that has been in power since 2008. The 2010 presidential elections were the first in the republic’s 52-year history.
The apparent coup attempt in Guinea follows a successful coup in Mali in August 2020, where the military ousted the elected government.