Guinea’s Deposed President Conde Ordered to Leave Country

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Guinea’s former President Alpha Conde, who has been detained since his ouster in a September coup, was instructed to leave the country December 31 for a month.

After consulting with ECOWAS, the government, in a televised broadcast said: “former president Alpha Conde is authorized to go abroad for a period of one month for consultations”.

The release of the 83-year-old Conde is one of the demands made by ECOWAS, along with the holding of elections within six months.

ECOWAS has suspended Guinea from its ranks and sanctioned individual members of the junta led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who has been named transitional president of the mineral-rich country.

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The detail and nature of the consultations were not made public and no departure date was specified.

Transitional President of Guinea, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya

Conde, who was in power for nearly 11 years, had come under increasing attack for perceived authoritarianism, with dozens of opposition activists arrested.

But the coup in Guinea has sparked fears of democratic backsliding across West Africa, where military strongmen are an increasingly familiar sight.

The former president had been held incommunicado for 12 weeks until the junta allowed him to stay with his wife in the suburbs of Conakry.

The ruling junta had said in September that Conde would remain in Guinea.

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