AA / Nice / Feïza Ben Mohamed
France condemns “the attempted seizure of power by force” in Guinea and calls for the release of President Alpha Condé, the foreign ministry said in a publication on its website.
Diplomacy thus joins “the call of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”.
A few hours after the putsch that took place this Sunday in Conakry, Paris calls for “the return to constitutional order and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of President Condé”.
In the afternoon, armed men, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a former legionnaire of the French army, announced on Guinean national television and radio that they had taken over the presidential guard in Conakry.
“We decided, after seeing the President, who is with us, to dissolve the current constitution, dissolve the government and close the land and air borders,” said Mamady Doumbouya.
The colonel justifies his action by “the dysfunction of republican institutions, (…) the instrumentalisation of justice” and “the trampling of the rights of citizens”.
As a reminder, Alpha Condé has been President of Guinea since December 2010 after being reelected twice in 2015 and 2020.
He also chaired the African Union from January 2017 to January 2018.
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