Talks continue in Guinea over return to civilian rule following coup

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya (C) waves as he leaves the Peoples Palace after the first session of talks between the Colonel and religious leaders in Conakry on September 14, 2021. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya’s special forces on September 5, 2021 seized Alpha Conde in a Coup, the West African state's 83-year-old president, a former champion of democracy accused of taking the path of authoritarianism. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya (C) waves as he leaves the Peoples Palace after the first session of talks between the Colonel and religious leaders in Conakry on September 14, 2021. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

Talks are continuing in Guinea over a return to civilian rule following the September 5 coup that overthrew President Alpha Conde.

The National Committee for the Rally of Guinea (CNRD), led by coup leader Colonel Mamadi Doumouya, met on Wednesday with diplomats in the capital, Conakry for the second day of talks.

The CNRD has already come under pressure to set a timeframe for holding fresh elections.

Speaking after Wednesday’s meeting, Lebanon’s Ambassador to Guinea, Fadir Zahir, expressed his country’s desire to see the West African nation return to normalcy.

“Guinea has everything to move forward, Guinea has everything to succeed, it lacks neither human nor natural resources, you have everything here to be the leading country in Africa. We want Guinea to succeed,” Zahir told CGTN’s Desire Kanon.

On his part, Niger’s Ambassador to Guinea, Omar Bondjouna, said his country was confident in the steps taken by the CNRD towards a return to normalcy.

“As a brotherly and friendly country, Colonel Doumbouya wished for everyone’s support so that the transition could take place in the best conditions,” Bondjouna told CGTN’s Desire Kanon.

“For our part, we are reassured by the step he has already taken in wanting to listen to all the sons of the country. This means that the problem is almost resolved, so we can only rejoice and be reassured in the hope that the transition will take place under very good conditions,” he added.

Before Wednesday’s meeting with the diplomats, Colonel Doumouya met with civil society organizations to seek their support for the country’s quest to move beyond the current situation.

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