Guinea’s President Alpha Conde has been deposed and arrested by Guinean ELite GFS Army in a coup d’etat led by Lt. Col Mamady Doumbouya, a former French Army Legionnaire.
According to emerging reports and videos shared on social media, Col. Doumbouya stormed the Presidential palace and took President Alpha Conde into custody with the help of other elite special forces.
The now deposed President had won a third presidential term in a violently disputed election last October. After his victory, Conde began pushing for a new constitution in March 2020 which allowed him to sidestep the country’s constitutional two-term limit, thereby causing massive protest in the country.
According to reports, the 83-year-old Conde was declared president on November 7 2020 – despite complaints of electoral fraud from his main challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo and other opposition figures.
Alpha Conde, a former opposition activist himself, became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and won re-election in 2015 before going for third term last year.
Following his insistence on going for third term, critics, however, described him as a dictator.
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