An attempted coup d’état against the Guinean government sparked shootings near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, on Sunday (5).
President Alpha Condé’s whereabouts remain unknown after videos posted on social media show him surrounded by military personnel. There is still no confirmation of the authenticity of the images.
In a statement on state TV, soldiers behind the mutiny said they had seized power and dissolved the African country’s constitution.
For its part, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the security forces contained the insurgency and were working to “restore order and peace”.
Condé came to power in 2010, becoming the country’s first democratically elected president. He was re-elected for a third term in October 2020, in an election marred by violent protests and allegations of fraud.
The Covid-19 pandemic aggravated the economic crisis and political instability in Guinea. According to official data sent to the WHO (World Health Organization), the country has registered nearly 30,000 cases and 341 deaths from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
Guinea has about 12.4 million inhabitants. The country was a colony of France and became independent in 1958.