Guinea, a West African Nation rich in crucial raw material for aluminium production, is now under seizure of its military. Requesting the armed forces to support him, the head of the destabilized nation’s special forces, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, announced the grab of power on state television on Sunday.
He claimed that the army took control “to resolve the problem of financial mismanagement” and corruption in the country, which are a result of the rule of President Alpha Conde. “If you see the condition of our roads, of our hospitals, you realize that it is time for us to wake up”, the Colonel said. He elaborates further, “We are going to initiate a national consultation to open an inclusive and peaceful transition”.
Guinea is at par with Australia in being China’s largest supplier of Bauxite, the raw material which assists in production of alumina and in turn aluminium. As per government data, last year, Conakry supplied 82.4 million tones of the mineral globally. Huge chunk of it was transported to China, which is the world’s largest aluminium-consuming country. Consequently, Aluminium prices skyrocketed to decade-high after the coup.
After the subversive soldiers grabbed the hold of airways, they promised to restore democracy and named themselves: The National Committee of Gathering and Development.
Doumbouya delivered the statement, “The duty of a soldier is to save the country” as he can be seen, draped in a Guinean flag with a half dozen soldiers in uniform beside him.
The 83-year old leader Conde, couldn’t be spotted anywhere immediately after Sunday developments and the Colonel too didn’t make any statement about the formers’ whereabouts.
UN Secretary General Guterres tweeted, “I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by force of the gun”. He requested putschists to release nations’ detained president.
Mamady Doumbouya is a member of the Special Forces Group and a former French legionnaire. Under the 2020 constitution, Guinea is a unitary republic. The constitution provides for a president to serve as the head of state. The president is elected by universal suffrage for a maximum of two six-year terms. A prime minister, who is the head of government, is appointed by the president. Following the Coup, the Guinea’s future falls into uncertainty.