The military rebels who staged a coup d’état in Guinea and captured President Alpha Condé have imposed a countrywide curfew
It is not yet known until when the measure will be in force. The rebels themselves have asked to wait for further notice. They also announced the imminent replacement of all governors and prefects by military officers.
A day earlier, the leader of the rebels, Colonel Mamadi Dumbuya, had already announced that the parliament in the country had been dissolved, the borders were closed and the basic law of the country was temporarily out of force.
The reason for the rebellion was given as the tense socio-political and economic situation in the country, the powerlessness of state institutions, selective justice, disregard for civil rights and the mismanagement of public funds.
All acting ministers have been invited to meet with the rebels at the People’s Palace on September 6, and failure to attend the meeting will be perceived as an uprising. Order in the country will allegedly be monitored by the police and gendarmerie.
The seizure of power in Guinea had an effect on aluminum prices around the world. In London, for example, prices hit a 10-year high, while futures in China rose to their highest level since 2006. There is a risk that political instability in Guinea will lead to interruptions in the supply of bauxite, of which Guinea is a key global supplier.
European Union diplomatic chief Josep Borrel condemned the armed seizure of power in the country and called on the junta to free the country’s legitimate president, Alpha Condé.
“I call on all those involved to act in accordance with the law so that peace and prosperity may prevail in Guinea,” he said.