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Guinea: Confiscated passports, no revenge…details from the first meeting

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

By Diawo Barry, in Conakry
Posted on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 16:34

Residents cheer on army soldiers after the uprising that led to the toppling of president Alpha Conde in Kaloum neighbourhood of Conakry, Guinea September 6, 2021 REUTERS/Souleyma e Camara

On Monday, 24 hours after overthrowing president Alpha Condé, Mamady Doumbouya and his men summoned former government members to a meeting. No one missed it. Former Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana was present, as was former Minister of Defense Mohamed Diané, and former Secretary-General of the Presidency, Kiridi Bangoura. Not even the former government spokesman, Tibou Kamara was left out - all had responded to the summons served the day before...not that they had much choice.

“Any refusal to report [on Monday] will be considered a rebellion”, said the coup leaders. The military commanders, heads of police, and the gendarmerie also had to report to the meeting.

The former ministers and heads of state were welcomed in a tent close to the People’s palace, a few metres from the building in which the Special Forces Unit set up its headquarters only a few months ago.

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