Guinea coup: Alpha Conde released from Prison, placed under house arrest

The military junta in Guinea has reportedly released the country’s ousted president, Alpha Conde from prison months after the execution of the coup.

The interim administration which provided limited information revealed that, the new arrangement will see the former president placed under house arrest instead.

Months ago, Conde was detained in prison after the Doumbouya led coup which toppled his government. West Africa’s regional bloc, ECOWAS has been in talks with the authorities for his release.

In the aftermath of the coup, ECOWAS and AU went further to suspend Guinea’s membership with demands for a return to civilian administration within six months.

Despite the position of ECOWAS and the AU, the leaders of the coup surprisingly received local support as thousands of people trooped to the streets of Conakry to jubilate over the overthrow of Conde.

Mamady Doumbouya who was the leader of the coup was subsequently sworn in as the interim president.  The 41-year-old Dounmbouya’s interim government which was shunned by both ECOWAS and AU has maintained that, they are capable of managing their own affairs internally.

The Junta promised a return to constitutional rule. An interim government has been constituted to help set a date and organize an election.

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