Guinea Coup Leaders Begin Transitional Government Talks


The military heads behind last week’s coup that removed Guinea’s President Alpha Conde have begun a weeklong consultation with political, religious, and business leaders that they say will lead to the formation of a transitional government.

The dialogue on Tuesday is expected to lay out the framework of a promised government of national unity that would lead Guinea back to constitutional order. It is expected to define the duration of the transition, what political and institutional reforms are needed before elections, and who will lead the transition.

The September 5 coup, led by Guinea’s special forces and helmed by Mamady Doumbouya, has been condemned by Guinea’s partners and regional bodies.

West Africa’s main political and economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which suspended Guinea from its decision-making bodies, has called for a short, civilian-led transition.

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