Guinea Opposition Leader Backs Coup Against Alpha Condé

Guinea’s main opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has welcomed the ouster of President Alpha Condé describing it as an opportunity for a new beginning for the country.

Cellou Dalein Diallo said the army had made “a historic act that completes the fight” started by pro-democracy groups.

He advised the army to ensure national reconciliation.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Diallo, who once served as Mr Condé’s prime minister, called the coup “a victory of our people and the failure of the dictatorial regime”.

He said the takeover “completes” the work of his National Alliance for the Democratic Alternation party and other pro-democracy groups.

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The opposition leader said he would back the coup leaders in their fight against corruption and impunity, urging them to work together to “build a peaceful democracy in our country”.

Meanwhile, the UN, AU, and regional body ECOWAS have condemned the coup and called for the restoration of constitutional order.

The institutions have also called for the release of President Condé who was last seen on Sunday surrounded by the army’s special forces.

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