At the swearing in of Guinea’s new Military junta, Mamady Doumbouya, there was the obvious absence of ECOWAS ambassadors and presidents. The ceremony was held at the Mohamed V Palace in the country’s capital, Conakry.
According to reports, there was the presence of Ambassadors of France and 19 other countries well represented. In attendance was the Malian ambassador and President of the Malian National Transitional Council (CNT).
The absence of the ECOWAS leaders can be traced back to the condemnation of the September 5 coup d’etat led by Doumbouya. Initially, the leadership of ECOWAS called for the immediate release and reinstatement of the ousted president, Alpha Conde.
It was later reported that the regional grouping called for a transition of power from the junta to the civilians in six months. Unfortunately, the junta was of the opinion that such a decision was to be made by the people of Guinea on the duration of the transition. Despite calls for the release of the ousted president, he has still not been released until now. Over the past one year, West and Central Africa has witnessed four coups and several political uprisings that has become worrisome for the naturally endowed region as though it is gradually tilting towards military administrations.
The new military leader, Doumbaouya was sworn in under the authority of the head of Guinea’s Supreme court. He was sworn in as the President of the transition, President of the republic, head of state and Commander in Chief of the armed forces.
Dressed in a military regalia, a beret, white gloves and sunglasses, he went on to take the oath of office. In his words, “I fully appreciate the magnitude and immensity of the responsibilities entrusted to me.”
In his inaugural speech, he promised his leadership will ensure drafting a new constitution, electoral reforms and conducting free and fair elections. He did not state clearly when the transition will take place but it will be made clearly by the 81-member Transitional National Council at the appropriate time.