Despite external outcry, Guinea coup leaders move to form government
By John Eche
Despite an outcry from external bodies, the coup leaders in Guinea who have ousted President Alpha Condé say they would be forming a new government shortly.
According to the coup leader, Col Mamady Doumbouya, the junta would not also carry out any witch-hunt against former officials of the deposed government.
The statement is coming even as more nations and bodies have denounced the take over. They include the United Nations, the African Union, ECOWAS, the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
“I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by force of the gun and call for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a tweet.
Doumbouya, was until the putsch head of Guinea’s special forces unit within the military, and he has promised to ensure that the new government would be as representative as possible.
“A consultation will be launched to set down the broad parameters of the transition, and then a government of national union will be established to steer the transition,” the junta chief outlined in a statement.
The coup in Guinea joins a string of recent takeover attempts in the continent that include successful and unsuccessful attempts in Mali, Chad and Niger.