The head of Guinean special forces appeared on public television on Sunday and announced the suspension of the West African country’s constitution after a morning of heavy gunfire and reports of a coup in the country. capital, Conakry.
The move comes barely a year after President Alpha Condé won a controversial third term after changing the Constitution, resetting the clock for Mr. Condé and allowing him to stay in power beyond the two-time limit. mandates.
And it happened in a country that experienced coups d’état – in 1984 and 2008 – before Mr. Condé became the country’s first democratically elected leader. His government has made Guinea a major exporter of bauxite, which is used to produce aluminum, but human rights groups say mining companies have disrupted the lives and livelihoods of rural communities.
The head of special forces, Mamady Doumbouya, declared on state television on Sunday: “We have now decided to dissolve the Constitution”. He appeared with the national flag of Guinea draped around his shoulders and members of the military surrounding him. He said he was acting in response to the will of the people.