After hours of gunfire near the presidential palace in Conakry, Guinea’s armed forces took over the country, and arrested president Alpha Condé. An 83 year old Condé is now in custody. A constitutional reform that reset the president’s terms was the catalyst for the military coup. Due to massive falsification, the reforms were adopted, and he bypassed the two-term law. Playing with the constitution and citizens of Guinea like with casino Roulette online games lead to serious consequences not only for the president, but for the whole country. The irony is that Condé has spent most of his life in opposition, fighting the authoritarian regimes in Guinea, and somehow, he became one of the dictators he used to fight against. So how did this happen?
From Democracy To Authoritarian Regime
He ran for president in the 1990s as part of his fight against totalitarian regimes. Ultimately, was imprisoned, but was later pardoned by President Lansana Conte. Condé won the second round of the presidential election in 2010, following Conte’s death and a military coup, becoming Guinea’s first democratically elected leader, and he was re-elected as head of state in 2015. Somehow, along the way, Condé subsequently began to lean toward dictatorship. Power is a responsibility and, evidently, the now former president of Guinea couldn’t handle it.
Tampering With The Constitution
Large protests erupted in the fall of 2019, after the legislative elections were postponed multiple times. It all got worse after A. Condé released a draft of the new constitution on December 20, 2019, allowing him to run for a third term as president. On March 22, 2020, constitutional amendments were adopted, nullifying Condé’s two prior presidential terms. After the referendum results were announced, protests got much more intense. The opposition supporters flocked to the streets in Conakry and other cities, setting cars on fire, and building barricades. On October 18, 2020, the presidential elections were held. Following the announcement by the chairman of the electoral commission that Condé had won the election, rioting erupted in the country’s capital, with at least ten people killed. The final results of Guinea’s presidential elections were accepted by the Constitutional Court on November 7, 2020, and Alpha Condé was declared the winner, according to official figures, with 59.5 percent of the vote.
On September 5th, 2021, the military forces of Guinea took over. Following Conde’s arrest, hundreds of people gathered in the streets to celebrate alongside members of Guinea’s military forces. The coup leaders declared the dissolution of the government on state television. In an announcement given by army Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, the country’s borders were closed and the constitution was proclaimed unconstitutional, thus ending the more than a decade power of Alpha Condé.
The military takeover in Guinea was criticized by Russia, the United States, and EU countries, who demanded the president’s immediate release. At the same time, the seizing of power has already resulted in a rise in aluminum prices; additionally, if the situation gets worse, terrorists from neighboring nations may infiltrate the country.
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