The putschists in power in Guinea announced the opening from this Tuesday of a series of meetings with political forces, civil society and representatives of mining companies to prepare for the formation of a government. These meetings, announced Saturday evening by the military on national television, are part of the “consultation” they promised to set the lines of a political transition and form a government.
The soldiers led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya will receive the heads of political parties on Tuesday, then those of religious denominations; on Wednesday civil society organizations, then diplomatic representations; Thursday the bosses of mining companies established in Guinea, then the employers’ organizations; banks and unions on Friday indicate the press releases read on television.
A return to constitutional order demanded
Guinea is one of the world’s leading producers of bauxite, the main ore for aluminum production. It has deposits of iron, gold and diamonds. It remains one of the poorest countries on the planet. Many foreign companies are linked by contract to Guinea. The coup d’etat raised the price of aluminum to its highest level in years on the markets and the junta worked to reassure Guinea’s partners of the continuation of activities and the respect of the commitments made. .
The soldiers who deposed President Alpha Condé on September 5 will open this consultation while the Community of West African States must once again decide on the follow-up to be given to the putsch. ECOWAS demands an “immediate return to constitutional order”. It suspended Guinea from its decision-making bodies and must now examine the report of a mission dispatched to this country on Friday, before deciding on possible new measures.
Prohibition of joy
Colonel Doumbouya thanked the Guineans for their “massive support for his vision expressed through scenes of joy throughout the country. However, the president (of the committee) forbids any manifestation of joy of any kind, ”according to the terms of another press release read on television.
The junta also announced the provision of a toll-free number to denounce any abuse by the security forces. Abuses of the latter are constantly denounced by human rights defenders.