The junta leader chose the ’39-month ‘change in Guinea
Colonel Mamati Dombuya has chosen a much longer transition period than requested by Guinea’s regional partners, including ECOWAS.
The head of the military junta in Conakry on Saturday announced that he had chosen a transition period of “39 months” before returning power to civilians, prompting Guinea’s regional partners to ask for a very short time.
“From all the consultations carried out at all levels (…), an average proposal for a consensus change of 39 months emerges,” Colonel Mamadi declared in a televised address to the nation of Tumbuya.
The official, who overthrew President Alpha Conte in September and proclaimed himself head of state, made the remarks after two controversial political consultations ended on Friday, ignoring both the so-called reconciliation conference and the “inclusive consultative framework”. By numerous political parties.
“CNRT [Comité national du rassemblement et du développement, l’organe dirigeant de la junte, ndlr] And the government in turn will submit to the CNT [Conseil national de transition, ndlr]It takes the place of Parliament, which is the result of broad and patient consultations, “the Colonel-President declared.
In late March, the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS), impatient with their outspoken refusal to announce an election date aimed at returning power to civilians, summoned Conakry officials to say “no later than April 25”. The “acceptable” change schedule, under the penalty for the extension of sanctions imposed against the country after the coup.
But the military junta passed the deadline, asking for “more time than the April 25 deadline” to “allow consultations to proceed,” ECOWAS said in a statement on Wednesday. In September, after the coup in Conakry, state leaders of the ECOWAS insisted that “change must be kept to a minimum” and that elections must be held within a period of no more than “six months.”
With the closure of the “inclusive advisory framework”, Regional Administration and Distribution Minister Mori Conte announced on Friday that “all actors who have agreed to participate” have been offered “18 to 52 months” for the change. Without specifying that from any date.
In Mali or Burkina Faso, the other two countries in the region where the military has seized power, the Guinean military junta seems to be ignoring ECOWAS ‘demands. On Tuesday, the day after the regional organization’s final warning expired, government spokesman Ousmane Gaoual Diallo, set up by the military junta, launched a violent offensive against ECOWAS.
“We did not send a document [sur le calendrier de la transition à la Cédéao] And we were clear from the beginning that the Guinean government would not operate under anyone’s control or command, “he said.” Guinea did not exclude ECOWAS. He was accused of “staying away from the cries of the Guinean people” during the deadly repression.
In a statement issued on Saturday ahead of Colonel Tumbuya’s announcement of the transition to the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), he called for “the facts and actions of the CNRD to be removed from power every day.”
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