Following the removal of Guinea’s President Alpha Conde through a coup by Juntas few weeks ago, coup’s leader, Mamady Doumbouya begun a week-long dialogue with political, religious and business leaders to forge a way of forming a transitional government.
The coup leaders replaced President Alpha Condé who is still under house arrest and removed all public officials from office, alleging economic mismanagement, corruption and human rights violations.
The dialogue which started on Tuesday is expected to lay out the framework of a promised government of national unity that would lead Guinea back to constitutional order.
It is expected to define the duration of the transition, what political and institutional reforms are needed before elections, and who will lead the transition.
The meeting was the first of several that the National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD), led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, is expected to have with political activists, civil society and international representatives.
The military was expected to face more pressure to set a timeframe for new elections after they opened the four-day series of meetings about the West African nation’s future following the coup on September 5.
“It is about the possibility to have a discussion amongst all the civil society, the Guinean civil society and political parties,” said Sidya Toure, head of the Union of Republican Forces party who returned to the country last weekend after spending ten months in exile in Paris, following threats allegedly made by Conde.
Toure said the meetings would help “to go forward and handle the transition so we can have a real government, you know, and real elections” that can be accepted by Guineans.
Another head of the opposition and former minister of Alpha Conde’s administration, Ousmane Kaba, from the Party of Democrats for Hope said that the military coup was “to stop the institutional constitutional coup” made by Conde, who had changed the constitution to run for a third term.
Kaba, as others, called the international community to help the country during this period.
“I think the international community should help us, should help Guinea to have a good transition,” he told journalists after the meeting.
The coup’s leader, Mamady Doumbouya, a former officer in the French Foreign Legion, has promised a transitional government of national unity and a “new era for governance and economic development
The junta also plans to host leaders from Guinea’s mining industry, in a bid to reassure foreign companies working in the most vital sector of the country’s economy later this week.