The Chronicle Gambia

Conakry – Jubilant Crowds Celebrate the Fall of Alpha Condé

Scenes of Guineans massively jubilating are reported everywhere in Conakry and the provinces following President Alpha Condé’s loss of power this Sunday. He was in power since 2010.

Some scenes look like a kind of liberation festival with several Guineans rejoicing and applauding the junta men of the National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD). Indeed, Conakry has been in turmoil since the announcement of the coup on Guinea national television by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the leader of the junta, who deposed Alpha Condé ending his 11 years reign.

Popular jubilation is reported everywhere in Conakry and the provinces. They have continued on various roads (Leprince and Fidel Castro), stormed by thousands of citizens expressing their joy.

On Sunday morning, heavy gunshots were heard in Conakry, in the vicinity of the presidential palace. A few hours later, the “coup” culminated with the capture of President Alpha Condé, with several videos and photos on the internet unveiling the faces of the coup leaders.

The soldiers who deposed Alpha Condé went in the afternoon to the Guinean Radio Broadcasting Television (RTG). Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, commander of the special forces (GPS), confirmed the arrest of the president and the establishment of a National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD).

He lambasted a “system of bad governance” institutionalized in Guinea, a “dysfunction of the republican institutions, and instrumentalization of justice, the stampeding of citizens’ rights, the disrespect of the principles and excessive politicization, and rampant poverty, ”among other reasons why the soldiers deposed Alpha Condé.

Kalil Diakité, the director of Guinea’s national television (RTG), said “Many Guineans who live phoned RTG this Sunday, have asked the new rulers of the country to release political prisoners and announce clear measures to appease and reconcile the people of Guinea and allow them to breathe freely,” Kalil Diakité revealed.

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