Starting From Constitutional Amendments, Guinea Is Now Hit by a Coup

Coup in Guinea

The coup has taken place in Guinea, which is one of the countries in the West African region. The coup came after a constitutional amendment in 2020 that allowed a president to serve three terms.

Reporting from AFP, Monday (09/06/2021), the coup was carried out on Sunday (5/9/2021) by the country’s special forces. In addition to dissolving the constitution, they also imposed a curfew.

“We have decided, after arresting the president, to dissolve the constitution,” an officer flanked by armed soldiers said in a videotaped video.

The official announced guinea’s land and air borders had been closed and the government had been disbanded. There is also another recording that shows President Alpha Conde sitting on a sofa surrounded by troops.

Conde, guinea’s current president, is a former opposition leader who was once sentenced to prison and sentenced to death. He became the country’s first democratically elected leader in 2010. He won re-election in 2015.

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He survived an attempted murder in 2011, but later Alpha Conde was accused of being complacent in authoritarianism. It started with the presidential election in October 2020. The election was marked by violence and accusations of fraud.

Conde, who ran again in the 2020 election, won a 3rd term. His third term could end after urging constitutional changes in March 2020 that would allow him to avoid a two-term presidential term in the country.

In addition to the hundreds of people arrested, dozens were also killed in demonstrations against a 3rd term for Conde. On November 7, 2020, Conde was proclaimed president.

One opponent is Cellou Diallo and other opposition figures considering the election a hoax. The government has arrested a number of prominent opposition members on suspicion of conspiring in the violence of elections in Guinea.

While the military considers Conde wrong to take care of his country to make the mineral resource-rich country one of the poorest countries in the world.

The coup drew international condemnation, with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling for Alpha Conde’s release. The Head of the African Union, DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, and former Chadian prime minister Moussa Faki Mahamat also condemned the coup.

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