Panafrican News Agency

Former Guinean president Alpha Condé may leave for Turkey

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The former Guinean president, Alpha Conde, 83, ousted by a military junta on 5 September, could be released soon to go to Turkey at the request of his friend, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who keeps pleading for his immediate release, a well-informed source told PANA here Wednesday.

"The first destination of the deposed president remains Turkey for medical examinations," the source said.

Conde, overthrown by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, 41, head of the Special Forces Group (GFS), created in 2015, who "prefers to die than to sign a letter of resignation", is claimed by Erdogan whom he visited recently and who has invested a lot in Guinea, especially in the port of Conakry, as well as in public transport.

The release of the former president of the Federation of Black African Students of France (FEANF) in the 1960s, the same source continues, is demanded by several countries of the North, including the United States, France, Russia and China.

The heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who met last Wednesday by videoconference, and who sent a strong ministerial delegation last Friday that met with the junta and the deposed president, are expected to discuss Thursday in Accra, Ghana, during an extraordinary summit the release of the deposed president.

More than a dozen countries are ready to welcome Conde. Executives of his party, the Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), who participated Tuesday in the national consultations convened by the National Committee for Rally and Development (CNRD), have pleaded for the respect of his integrity and immediate release.

Former prime minister and political party leader Mamadou Cellou Dalein Diallo, who was defeated three times by former President Lansana Kouyate, and several civil society actors are calling on the junta to put him on trial for "crimes" against Guineans who peacefully demonstrated against the change in the constitution.

Leaders of political parties of the former presidential movement took advantage of the opening of the national consultations to pledge allegiance to the junta, which promised inclusiveness, transparency and an end to personality cult.

-0- PANA AC/JSG/SOC/BBA/RA 15Sept2021