Guinea’s Junta Begins Meetings to Form Transitional Government

The junta that overthrew Guinea’s government more than a week ago began four days of meetings Tuesday that it says will result in the formation of a transitional government.

The junta that ousted President Alpha Conde said it would consult in the capital, Conakry, with political, business and religious leaders as it charts a new course for the West African country.

The junta hopes that during the talks, leaders will agree on who will lead the transition, a time frame to complete it, and the political and institutional reforms needed before the election.

The Economic Community of West African States, which has suspended Guinea’s decision-making authority, has appealed for a brief civilian-led transition.

Last week, Guinea’s special forces overthrew the government under the leadership of Mamady Doumbouya, a former French Foreign Legionnaire.

The coup was preceded by violent street demonstrations last year in opposition to Conde’s quest for a third term in office.

The coup has been welcomed by Conde’s longtime opponents, including

Cellou Dalein Diallo, the former prime minister who lost to Conde in the last three presidential elections.

Leaders of the country’s mining industry also participated in the coup after

Doumbouya tried to reassure them he would work to prevent the destabilization of its critical bauxite and gold exports.

Source: Voice of America