Guinea’s coup military ordered the release of “political prisoners from all sides” the day after they came to power in a coup by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya against President Alpha Condé.
The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), which unites political forces against Condé’s third term, has issued a statement saying that among the detainees released, prominent activist Oumar Sylla, known as Foniké Mengué – was sentenced to 11 months Detained for “calling for an unarmed rally” – including Étienne Soropgui and Abdoulaye Bah.
The release is due to take place at 11:30 a.m. (local time), according to the statement, to which the local press had access. In light of the news, the FNDC has “asked the people of Conakry to mobilize this morning from 10:00 a.m. to give our unjustly imprisoned heroes a warm welcome,” the news portal MediaGuinee collects.
Since the military came to power, there have been international condemnations, including that of the United States, for ensuring that “violence and any extra-constitutional measure only undermines Guinea’s prospects for peace, stability and prosperity”.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement warning that these measures “could limit the ability” of international partners to “support the country on its way to national unity and a better future for the Guinean people”.
With this in mind, they have urged all parties from Washington to “renounce violence and all efforts that are not supported by the Constitution” and “comply with the rule of law”, while expressing their support for “a national process of dialogue on issues that are sustainable and transparent speak to.”
Condé, 83, took up his third term in December 2020 after winning an election deemed fraudulent by the opposition. His intent to stay in power had already resulted in a rebound in tensions that stretched back to 2019 and resulted in multiple deaths.
The incumbent president came to power in 2010 after decades as opposition leader under the dictatorship of Lansana Conté and demanded a constitutional amendment for a third term.
Condé suffered another coup attempt back in 2011, although the sources cited by Jeune Afrique now consider the situation to be more serious. For now, the putschists have promised a national consultation for a peaceful transition and have respected Guinea’s international commitments and assured that “the physical and moral integrity” of Condé is not compromised after images of the presidency leaked out on an armchair with an open shirt and barefoot and surrounded by soldiers.