Guinean transitional president Mamady Doumbouya: “We want to restore power to the Guineans”

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The transitional president of Guinea, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, gave an interview to FRANCE 24 from the capital Conakry. Doumbouya took power following a coup on September 5 that ousted Alpha Condé, who had been president for 11 years.

In the interview, Doumbouya chastised the “mismanagement” and “personalization of power” that he believed prevailed before taking power. He said he believed he had led the coup as a “patriot” and intended to “restore power to the Guinean people.”

Doumbouya told FRANCE 24 that “neither he nor any member of the transitional government” would stand as a candidate in future elections in Guinea, but did not specify a date for the next electoral race.

He added that the fate of former president Alpha Condé, arrested on 5 September, is not his responsibility, but that of the Ministry of Justice, of which he guaranteed independence.

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