Guinea Coup Leader, Mamady Doumbouya Pledges Unity Government

Guinea high-ranking officer behind the recent military coup, Lieutenant-colonel Mamady Doumbouya, promised on Monday to set up a unity government to oversee a transition period and vowed there would be no “witch hunt” against the former government.

Lieutenant-colonel Mamady Doumbouya said in a speech that “a consultation will be launched to set down the broad parameters of the transition, and then a government of national unity will be established to steer the transition,” but he did not say how long the consultation or the handover would last.

Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya disclosed further that a committee set up by the junta assures “economic and financial partners that activities in the country are continuing as normal,”

“The committee assures partners that it will respect all its undertakings,” he said

Seeking to reassure mining investors of its business commitments a day after the military seized power, Lieutenant-colonel Mamady Doumbouya announced that mining companies should continue with their work and that curfew has been lifted in their work areas.

He earlier announced that all ministers from Alpha Conde`s government have been replaced by military commanders. The ministers have thus been ordered not to leave the country and that they must hand over their passports.

The leader has also announced that the military will not witch-hunt former ministers but justice will take its course.

Meanwhile, Col. Mammady has announced in a statement read out on state-owned Radio Television Guineenne on Monday that “all airlines can resume their activity subject to submitting to the relevant administrative procedure,”.The ports have also been reopened although land borders remain closed.

Special forces led by Col. Mammady said they dissolved the Guinea government due to rampant corruption and mismanagement.

So far, youth in Guinea have been seen celebrating the special force for seizing power. Col. Mammady will present himself as the transitional leader

Even though the UN, US, AU, and other African leaders have condemned the junta for the coup and detention of President Alpha Conde, local sources established that there is no sign of unrest in Conakry, the capital of Guinea where the coup took place.

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