Guinea’s coupists bar members from contesting next election

Guinea’s military junta has banned its members from taking part in the next elections meant to return the country to civilian rule.

In addition, the junta also barred those who will be taking part in the transitional council that will temporarily serve as a parliament.

Members of the Guinean junta.
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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, head of the junta, made the announcement, revealing a transitional charter, on Monday.

The transitional council, said Doumbouya, will have 81 members drawn from society including business leaders, political parties, religious organisations, diplomats, and professional organisations.

At least 30% of the council members must be female, and will include a president and two vice-presidents.

Former President Alpha Conde

The council will decide on the length of the period in which it will govern before an election can be held to usher in a democratic government.

The junta has been holding talks in recent weeks with people from all walks of life to build a consensus on the country’s future – including a time-frame for a return to civilian rule.

Col Doumbouya, leading other coupists, overthrew former leader Alpha Conde on 5 September. They accused erstwhile government of mismanagement and corruption.

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