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Coup in Guinea: What we know about the putsch that toppled Alpha Conde

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This article is part of the dossier: Guinea Coup – the Fall of Alpha Condé

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:32, updated on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:00

Alpha Conde, surrounded by soldiers of the Special Forces who carried out his "arrest", Sunday, September 5, 2021.

A coup in Guinea has toppled President Alpha Condé. Since early in the morning of 5 September, the Guinean presidential palace and its environs saw heavy gunfire. The putsch was carried out by the Special Forces Group, led by Mamady Doumbouya.

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Update: Lieutenant-Colonel Mamady Doumbouya has announced that regional political leaders will be replaced by garrison commanders, the dissolution of parliament and other institutions, and has summoned ministers to an 11AM meeting on 6 September.

Everything happened very quickly on Sunday 5 September. At around 8am, heavy gunfire broke out in the vicinity of Sékhoutouréya, the presidential palace where the head of state was then, and continued throughout the morning.

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