Guinea announces three-year transition period before restoring civilian rule

Guinea junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya at his swearing in ceremony as president of country transion on October 1 2021 in Conakry. © Cellou Binani, AFP
Guinea junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya at his swearing in ceremony as president of country transion on October 1 2021 in Conakry. © Cellou Binani, AFP

Guinea’s legislative body on Wednesday announced there would be a three-year transition period before civilian rule is restored, defying regional partners who have called for a swifter timetable following a coup.

The 36-month transition, decided at a legislative plenary meeting on Wednesday, is slightly shorter than the 39 months which military junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya had announced.

The timetable presented by the National Rallying Committee for Development (CNRD), set up by the junta and headed by Doumbouya, was “debated, approved and adopted” by the National Transition Council (CNT) legislative body.

Last September, army officers led by Colonel Doumbouya ousted elected president Alpha Conde in the impoverished former French colony.

Conde, 84, had drawn fierce opposition after he pushed through a new constitution in 2020 that allowed him to run for a third presidential term.

Following the coup, the West African bloc ECOWAS suspended Guinea from its ranks, imposed sanctions and called for a return to civilian rule within six months.

It is the first time in years that Conde’s party and his opposition during his rule have come together to speak with one voice.

UN chief Antonio Guterres this month called for the military juntas in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali to hand power back to civilians as soon as possible.