Monday, September 20

Coup plotters say they have captured the president of Guinea Conakry, although the government denies it



Guinea’s elite forces claimed on Sunday to have captured the president Alpha Condé and “dissolved” the institutions, in a video sent to an AFP journalist, while the Defense Ministry assured that it had achieved repel their attack against the presidency.

«We decided, after arresting the president, who is currently with us (…) to suppress the Constitution in force, to dissolve the institutions; and also the government, as well as the closure of land and air borders, “said one of the coup plotters in a statement that circulated on social networks but was not broadcast on national television.

The coup plotters, from whom the AFP journalist confirmed these images came, transmitted a video of President Condé under arrest. They ask him if he has been mistreated and Alpha Condé, dressed in jeans and a shirt, sitting on a sofa, refuses to answer.

For its part, the Defense Ministry said in a statement that “the insurgents entered, sowing fear” in Conakry before taking control of the presidential palace, but added that “the presidential guard, supported by loyal and republican defense and security forces, stopped the threat and repelled the attacking group.”

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