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Military Forces Seize Power In Guinea, Announces Nationwide Curfew

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Special military forces on Sunday, captured President Alpha Conde of Guinea, announced a nationwide curfew “until further notice” as well as the replacement of governors by the military.

President Alpha Conde of Guinea detained by military forces

The junta also said in a statement read out over national television that it would convene Conde’s cabinet ministers and other top officials at 11:00 am (1100 GMT) Monday in the capital Conakry.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has condemned the coup d’etat that took place in Guinea. The country’s foreign ministry on Sunday said the putsch was a violation of the ECOWAS protocol to which Guinea is a signatory.

The Nigerian government is saddened by the apparent coup d’etat that has taken place in the Republic of Guinea today, in clear violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance,” the ministry said in a statement.

The government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore calls on those behind the coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect lives and property.”

Also, in a tweet, the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, also condemned “any takeover of the government by force of the gun.” He called for “the immediate release of President Alpha Condé.”

Members of an elite military corp led by Mamady Doumbouya, a colonel, had opened fire on the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, and taken President Alpha Condé into custody.

The military men later said that they have taken over the French-speaking West African country in an apparent coup.

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