Guinea soldiers on Sunday said they have taken control of the government and suspended the country’s constitution.
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya of the Guinea military said in a video recorded in the capital Conakry that the National Assembly has been dissolved. A video showing President Alpha Conde being held hostage by soldiers. He was subsequently shoved into a vehicle and driven away.
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The development came after residents heard about two hours of heavy gunfire across the Guinean capital Conakry. Mr. Doumbouya also lamented widespread corruption and poverty as key reasons for the takeover, saying Mr. Conde had failed to deliver on his promises to the Guinean people.
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Mr. Conde 83, won a third term in office last October. The African Union AU is yet to release a statement about the development, while the UN has released a statement about the Coup D’etat condemning it as a fallacious act that is unacceptable.
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