Last minute: Shots were heard around the presidential palace in Guinea … First statement of the putschist soldiers

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Shots were reported near the presidential palace in Guinea.

In local media news, it was recorded that automatic gunfire was heard at 08:00 local time from the Kaloum region, where the Sekooutoureya presidential palace and administrative buildings are located in the capital Conakry.

In the news, it was reported that the soldiers took to the streets, the entrances to the city center were closed and there were wounded soldiers.

It focused on the possibility that the incident could be a coup attempt, although there has not yet been an official statement from government sources, that possibility has been found to be true.

The putschists announced the dismissal of the government, the suspension of the constitution and the closure of the borders. In the same statement, there was an allegation that special forces soldiers arrested the President of Guinea.

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The French magazine Jeune Afrique claimed that the coup attempt was carried out by special forces units (GFS).

In the news of the magazine, it was indicated that Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of the GFS, wanted his unit to become independent by leaving the Ministry of Defense for some time.

Doumbouya was appointed head of the GFS in 2018 after serving for a time in the French Foreign Legion.

On July 19, 2011, an attempted coup d’état was carried out against President Alpha Condé and his residence was attacked with rockets.

President Condé was elected president for the third time on October 18, 2020, with 59.49% of the vote.

Condé, who was elected to a five-year term in December 2010 with the first democratic change of power since the country’s independence in 1958, was re-elected as president in 2015.

In the country where the president can serve a maximum of 2 consecutive terms, the referendum on the constitutional amendment took place on March 22, 2020, which will allow Condé, 82, whose second term ends in December 2020, to be elected for the third term.

The candidacy of Condé, 83, for the third term has become the most discussed agenda item in the country.

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