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Guinean army officer says President arrested, as obvious coup unfolds

“We will no longer entrust politics to a man. We will entrust it to the people. We come only for that; it is the duty of a soldier, to save the country,” Guinean military officer Mamady Doumbouya says within the video.

An adviser to President Alpha Conde instructed CNN that Conde is beneath arrest and {that a} coup has taken place within the West African nation.

It was not instantly unclear the place Conde is.

In the video, Doumbouya — carrying a particular forces uniform — says that they’ve arrested Conde, suspended the structure, the federal government and all different establishments. He additionally introduced the closing of land and air borders. The video has been extensively circulated and reported by native media.

Gunfire erupted Sunday in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in what gave the impression to be a coup try, in line with a number of social media postings and witnesses on the bottom who spoke to CNN.

Heavily armed troopers had been current in Conakry’s Kaloum space, the location of many authorities buildings, in line with movies shared on social media.

One extensively circulating video appeared to indicate Conde, the 83-year-old chief of Guinea, who received a closely disputed election final 12 months, surrounded by Guinean troopers.

Earlier within the day, the British Embassy in Conakry warned that there was “sustained gunfire in several locations of Conakry” and requested folks to stay vigilant and keep away from motion.

“It is time for us to understand each other, to join hands, to sit down, to write a Constitution that is adapted to our realities, capable of solving our problems,” Doumbouya stated within the video.

Another video circulating on social media confirmed Guineans cheering army automobiles and waving flags within the capital.

CNN has not independently verified the authenticity of the movies.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres known as for Conde’s launch, as reviews of the obvious coup unfolded.

“I am personally following the situation in Guinea very closely. I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by force of the gun and call for the immediate release of President Alpha Conde,” Guterres stated in a tweet Sunday.
Conde received the presidency in 2010, taking management from a army junta that had been in energy since 2008. The 2010 presidential elections had been the primary within the republic’s 52-year historical past.
The obvious coup try in Guinea follows a profitable coup in Mali in August 2020, the place the army compelled out the elected authorities.

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