Guinean Coup Leader Appointed Transitional President

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who led last month’s coup in Guinea, vowed to honor the country’s international commitments while shifting to civilian rule. The promise was made when he was sworn in on Friday (1/10) as interim president.

Doumbouya, who led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5, was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Mamadou Sylla for an indefinite transition period.

The new interim president spoke of his commitment that neither he nor members of the junta will run in the upcoming elections that the military has promised will be held after a transitional period.

His government’s mission, he said, was to “rebuild the country” by drafting a new constitution, fighting corruption, reforming the electoral system and then holding elections that were “free, trustworthy and transparent”.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Supreme Court in the presence of local dignitaries and foreign envoys, including the ambassadors of China and Russia, as well as Doumbouya’s wife and mother.

After being sworn in in a message to the nation read out on television, Doumbouya said that “a prime minister will be appointed in the coming days and then the government and various transitional organs.”

He also announced the creation of a body to fight corruption.

Many Western countries limit their attendance at the inauguration ceremony by sending lower-ranking diplomats. [my/pp]

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