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Guinea Coup Leaders bars its members from running in next elections

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara walks with Special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya, who ousted President Alpha Conde upon his arrival to discuss ways to return the country to constitutional in Conakry, Guinea, September 17, 2021. Ivory Coast Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

Guinea’s coup leaders(junta) said on Monday its members are barred from standing in the next national or local elections, and that it will agree on the length of transition to elections with an 81-member Transitional National Council (TNC).

Earlier this month the leader of the Sept. 5 coup, Mamady Doumbouya, shrugged off asset freezes and travel bans imposed by the ECOWAS regional bloc aimed at pressuring a swift transition to constitutional rule.



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Mamady Doumbouya and his men have declared on national television that they remain firm on their decision not to release 83-year-old Alpha Conde who has been in their custody since the coup which saw his removal from office.

“The former president is and remains in Guinea. We will not yield to any pressure,” the Military Coup leaders said on Friday during an address to the nation after a meeting with ECOWAS representatives.

Over the past two weeks the junta has held consultations with public figures and business leaders to map out a framework for a transitional government.

According to the charter of the transition, Doumbouya is to be president, with a government composed of a civilian prime minister and cabinet, none of whom may be candidates in the elections, a junta spokesperson said on the state broadcaster.

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The TNC must be at least 30% female, and will include a president and two vice-presidents, who are also not allowed to run for office in the upcoming elections, the spokesperson said.

Regional leaders sought to impose sanctions to deter further democratic backslide in the region after four military-led coups in West and Central Africa since last year. read more

Regional representatives including the current ECOWAS Chair Nana Akufo-Addo who doubles as President of Ghana as well as the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara visited Conakry on a mission to negotiate the freedom of the former president who has been detained since being toppled on September 5 after more than 10 years in power.

Akufo-Addo said the delegation had “a very frank, fraternal discussion” with Doumbouya and his associates

Despite the defiance by the junta, President Akufo Addo remains hopeful for a possible future understanding.

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