Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea, has been overthrown in a military coup. Heavy gunfire was heard on Sunday morning at the Presidential Palace in Guinea’s capital, Conakry.
The military in Guinea has announced a nationwide curfew ‘until further notice’ as well as the replacement of governors by the military.
Despite a number of schools closed in the country, the Guinean capital saw comparative calm on Monday morning, a day after soldiers dissolved the government in a swift coup.
Light traffic resumed, and some shops reopened around the main administrative district of Kaloum in Conakry, which witnessed heavy gunfire throughout Sunday.
Later on, the head of Guinea’s military special forces, Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, appeared on public television draped in the national flag, citing government ‘mismanagement’ as a reason behind his actions.
‘We are no longer going to entrust politics to one man, we are going to entrust politics to the people,’ the coup leader said. ‘Guinea is beautiful. We don’t need to rape Guinea anymore, we just need to make love to her,’ Doumbouya added.