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Guinea’s next President, a military man, will be sworn in

Mamady Doumbouya, a special forces colonel who spearheaded a September coup in Guinea, will be inaugurated in as interim president on Friday, according to authorities.

Doumbouya will be sworn in at the Mohammed V conference center in the capital Conakry at midday (1200 GMT), according to a statement broadcast late Wednesday on national television.

According to a design revealed by the junta on Monday, he will become transitional president and serve until the country is returned to civilian authority.

The ouster of 83-year-old President Alpha Conde on September 5 was the latest episode of upheaval in one of Africa’s most unpredictable countries.

Mamady Doumbouya, a special forces colonel who spearheaded a September coup in Guinea, will be inaugurated in as interim president on Friday, according to authorities.

Doumbouya will be sworn in at the Mohammed V conference center in the capital Conakry at midday (1200 GMT), according to a statement broadcast late Wednesday on national television.

According to a design revealed by the junta on Monday, he will become transitional president and serve until the country is returned to civilian authority.

The ouster of 83-year-old President Alpha Conde on September 5 was the latest episode of upheaval in one of Africa’s most unpredictable countries.

Conde was re-elected in 2015 after becoming Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010.

However, he pushed through a contentious new constitution last year that allows him to run for a third term in October 2020.

The move provoked widespread protests, with scores of demonstrators slain. Conde was re-elected, although the opposition claimed the election was rigged.

The “charter,” which was unveiled on Monday, promises that a new constitution will be prepared and elections will be held in a “free, democratic, and transparent” manner, but it does not specify how long the transition will last.

The transitional president will be “head of state and supreme chief of the armed forces… (and) determines the policies of the Nation,” according to the document, and will have the power to appoint and fire an interim prime minister.

The president, on the other hand, will be precluded from running in the post-transition elections, according to the document.

Guinea’s neighbors are very concerned about the turmoil in the former French territory.

The coup is the second to take place in the region, after Mali, in less than 13 months.

The region’s bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is demanding that elections be held within six months, as well as Conde’s release.

Opera News 

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