guinea pig military officer says President arrested as apparent coup unfolds

“We will trust no longer” politics to a human. We will entrust it to the people. we come alone for Which; it is the duty of a soldier, to save the country,” Guinean army officer Mamady Doumbouya says in the video.

An adviser to President Alpha Conde told CNN Conde is under arrest and that there was a coup d’état place in the West African country.

The location of the 83-year-old, who won a hotly contested election last year, is unclear.

In the video, Doumbouya — wearing An special forces uniform — says they arrested Conde and suspended the constitution, the government and all other settings. He also announced the closing of Nations air boundaries. The video has been widely distributed and reported by local media.

curfew declared, former ministers summoned

in a later update that was broadcast on state television, military officers declared a nationwide curfew and said Conde was unharmed.

AN social media    image appears to be show President Alpha Conde surrounded by soldiers.

“We want to comfort national and international community, physical and moral integrity of former President (Alpha Conde) is not threatened,” a military officer said, according to a translation published by Reuters. “We took all necessary measures for to have him access to medical care and his in to touch with are doctors.”

new clear proof was provided of Conde’s condition and CNN has not been able to verify military the officer’s claims.

The officers went on to say that a nationwide curfew had been declared in Guinea. “The curfew is in nationwide from 8 p.m. and until further notice,” an officer said, reading from a statement.

the officers also invited outgoing ministers and former heads of institution to a meeting on Monday at 11 a.m.

“Everyone failure being present is considered a rebellion against the CNRD,” they said, referring to the… group’s name, die in French stands for the National Rally and Development Committee.

‘Continuous gunfire’

Gunfire broke out on Sunday in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in what appeared to be a coup attempt, according to several social media messages and witnesses who spoke met cnn.

Heavily armed soldiers was present in Conakry’s Kaloum area, the website of a lot of government buildings, according to shared videos on social media.

A much circulating video turned out: show Conde surrounded by Guinea soldiers.

earlier in the day, the British Embassy in Conakry warned there was “continuous gunfire” in multiple locations of Conakry” and asked people until remain watchful and avoid movement.

“It’s time for us understand eachother, join hands, sitting down, to write a constitution die is adapted to our reality, capable of our . dissolve problems’ said Doumbouya in the video.

Another video circulating on social media made Guineans cheer military vehicles and waving flags in the capital.

CNN has not independently verified its authenticity of the videos.

Takeover condemned

The US State Department warned the apparent coup could make it hard for guinea’s international partners to support the.

“Violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only erode Guinea’s prospects” for peace, stability and prosperity,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday. “These actions can ability of the United States and other Guinea international partners to support the land as it navigates path in the direction of national unity and a brighter future for the Guinean people.”

In a statement released Sunday, the African Union (AU) condemned what it called a “power to grasp.”

AU President HE Felix Tshisekedi and the President of the AU commission, HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, asked: for the “immediate release” of President Alpha Conde,” the statement said.

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called for Conde’s release, as reports of the apparent coup unfolded.

“I personally follow the situation in Guinea very close. I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by means of force of the gun and call for the immediate release of Chairman Alpha Conde”, Guterres said: in a tweet on Sunday.
conde won The Presidency in 2010, taking control of a military junta that had been in power since 2008. The 2010 presidential elections were the first in the republic 52-year history.
The apparent attempted coup in Guinea follows a successful coup in Mali in August 2020, when the military forced out the elected government.

Saskya Vandoorne, Sharif Paget and Susannah Cullinane of CNN contributed to this report.

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