Guinea’s Junta bars its members from contesting for office, includes 30% women in government

Guinea’s military Junta has surprised many people with its recent decision regarding the management of the Bauxite-rich country after the removal of President Alpha Conde.

In a new development, the Junta has issued a charter which according to them will guide the governance of the West African country for the transitional period until an election is held to choose a democratic leader.

The said charter has clearly spelt-out certain conditions that must be respected by the membership of the junta. It has also identified and defined roles for some personalities and organs. According to the provisions, members of the junta have been barred from running “in either national or local elections, which will be organised at the end of the transition period”.

The charter established an 81-member National Transitional Council which in this contest will serve as the interim parliament. Membership of this council will span across different organized groups in the country. Representatives will be chosen from political parties, youth leaders, security forces, trade unions, business leaders among others.

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The junta’s charter has also made provisions for at least 30% of women to be included in the total of 81 members of the transitional council which will then be mandated to determine the period of the transition. The charter provides that the period “will be set down by joint agreement among the living forces of the nation.”

According to the governing structure, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya will be maintained as the interim President for the transitional period; the government will also have a civilian prime minister, a cabinet and two vice-presidents.

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