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Civilians and soldiers line up to vote at a school in Conakry, Guinea in October 2020. Civilians and soldiers line up to vote at a school in Conakry, Guinea, Oct. 18, 2020 (AP photo by Sadak Souici).

Guinea’s Latest Coup Is More Than Just ‘Back to the Future’

Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

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Early last Sunday morning, reports emerged of a shootout close to the presidential residence in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, between pro-government forces and an elite army unit intent on deposing President Alpha Conde. The Defense Ministry initially claimed the attack had been suppressed, but shortly thereafter, photographs and videos emerged on the internet of Conde surrounded and detained by armed troops. Later, Col. Mamady Doumbouya, a former French Legionnaire and the commander of a special forces unit created by Conde, appeared on state television to announce the closing of the country’s borders, the dissolution of the government and constitution, and the creation of a National Committee for Reconciliation and Development that would steer the country for an 18-month transition period.  ...

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