Guinea Junta Hosts Talks On Post-coup Transition
Umer Jamshaid 2 days ago Tue 14th September 2021 | 11:06 PM
Guinea's military strongman opened a four-day series of talks on Tuesday, intended to pave a return to civilian rule after a coup that one attendee said he blamed on "the failure of the entire political and military class".
Conakry, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Sep, 2021 ) :Guinea's military strongman opened a four-day series of talks on Tuesday, intended to pave a return to civilian rule after a coup that one attendee said he blamed on "the failure of the entire political and military class".
Coup leader Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who seized power on September 5, addressed political leaders in a closed-door meeting inside parliament in the capital Conakry. According to several people who attended the session, he was an attentive listener.
The nation's leaders had "betrayed the values of independence", Toure reported Doubouya as saying.
It will then meet civil-society figures, diplomats, trade unionists and mining executives through to Friday.
But what exactly he has in mind remains unclear -- and there are questions about how long the military intends to cling to power.
Papa Koly Kourouma, a former prime minister under Conde, said that further meetings were needed to come up with more substantial proposals.
"It was a first contact and must be taken as such," he said.
It raised fears about democratic backsliding in the region, following a similar coup in Mali last year.
Guinea's neighbours and trading partners, concerned about instability in the mineral-rich country, will be watching this week's consultation closely.
All of the country's main political parties -- including Conde's RPG party -- said they would participate.
Some had been shut after the coup, others before elections last year, officially for security reasons, a move that had caused diplomatic tensions with neighbouring countries.
The junta also said that a so-called draft charter on the transition will be drawn up at the end of this week's consultation.
Details remain scarce. It is not clear what form the transitional government will take, nor how long it will last, nor what the role the military might play.
That constitution had been at the centre of political tensions under Conde.
The junta subsequently released scores of political opponents detained under Conde, and in a sign of apparent good will, dismantled roadblocks across the capital.
International condemnation was swift, with ECOWAS briefly imposing sanctions.
Mali's military committed to restoring civilian rule, under diplomatic pressure.