The United States on Sunday evening condemned the military seizure of power in Guinea, saying that “violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only erode Guinea’s prospects for peace, stability, and prosperity.”
“These actions could limit the ability of the United States and Guinea’s other international partners to support the country as it navigates a path toward national unity and a brighter future for the Guinean people,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. “We urge all parties to forego violence and any efforts not supported by the Constitution and stand by the rule of law. We reiterate our encouragement of a process of national dialogue to address concerns sustainably and transparently to enable a peaceful and democratic way forward for Guinea to realize its full potential.”
The Guinean army said on Sunday that it had ousted President Alpha Conde, dissolved the government and closed land borders.
“Poverty and endemic corruption” were to blame for the coup, the army unit’s head, Mamady Doumbouya, told the nation after the United Nations condemned the coup and the West African region’s economic bloc threatened reprisals.
“We have dissolved government and institutions,” Doumbouya said on state television hours after gunfire erupted near the presidential palace in the capital Conakry, on Sunday morning.
Videos later shared on the social media showed Conde in a room surrounded by army special forces.
Conde is one of the long-serving leaders in Africa.