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Transition in Guinea: what's next after the coup?
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo (left) and his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara (right) meet the putschists during an ECOWAS mission to Guinea on 17 September 2021. © @PresidenceCI/Twitter

Transition in Guinea: what's next after the coup?

The coup that ousted Alpha Condé on 5 September 2021 in Guinea has ushered in a period of instability, despite the putschists' reassuring words from the start. There is much at stake over the coming months as leaders jostle for power and political alliances take shape, and pressing questions over the mining industry and international partnerships come to the fore.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo (left) and his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara (right) meet the putschists during an ECOWAS mission to Guinea on 17 September 2021. © @PresidenceCI/Twitter
GUINEA Politics 14/04/2022
Former Guinean Prime minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana.
Former Guinean Prime minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana. © Ibrahima Kassory Fofana/Facebook

Ex-PM Ibrahima Fofana tools up to defend embezzlement charges 

After the head of the ousted Alpha Conde's government, along with three other former ministers, was detained earlier this month to face charges of diverting state funds, his supporters got busy preparing his defence, putting together a crack legal team and trying to rally a bevvy of West African heads of state to his cause. [...]

GUINEA Politics 07/04/2022
The transitional president of Guinea Col Mamady Doumbouya.
The transitional president of Guinea Col Mamady Doumbouya. © Xinhua/Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP

Game of bluff between Mamadi Doumbouya and the army 

For the past few weeks, the transitional president of Guinea, Col Mamady Doumbouya, has been quietly making changes to further strengthen his authority over Guinea's armed forces. This mix special forces appointments and dismissals elsewhere could trigger the first upset within the junta's security apparatus. [...]

Focus GUINEA Mining 04/04/2022
Ownership of the Fria Base building in Conakry (located on the map) is claimed by the Agence nationale d'aménagement des infrastructures minières (Anaim).
Ownership of the Fria Base building in Conakry (located on the map) is claimed by the Agence nationale d'aménagement des infrastructures minières (Anaim). © Google Maps

State agencies hungry for new public real estate assets 

The current leaders in Conakry are throwing themselves into a race to regain control of illegally acquired public assets, targeting political opponents, businesses and multinationals alike. State agencies are pushing each other out of the way to get ahold of the seized assets. [...]

GUINEA Mining 12/11/2021
Junta leader Mamady Doumbouya.
Junta leader Mamady Doumbouya. © Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP

Junta leader Doumbouya forms government but retains tight control of mining sector 

Having arrived in power after staging a coup against Alpha Condé, Mamady Doumbouya has now put the finishing touches to his government. But the mining portfolio, the most important in the country, has been divested of some its key prerogatives, ensuring that the junta leader remains in firm control of the engine room of the Guinean economy. [...]

GUINEA Diplomacy 16/09/2021
Screenshot of the extraordinary ECOWAS Heads of State and Government meeting on the situation in Guinea, 8 September 2021.
Screenshot of the extraordinary ECOWAS Heads of State and Government meeting on the situation in Guinea, 8 September 2021. © Ecowas/Handout via Reuters

The secret agenda of ECOWAS heads of state in Accra for Guinea coup summit 

The organisation's heads of state are meeting in Accra on 16 September over the situation in Guinea. Some members are pushing for a 6-month civilian-led transition fiercely opposed by the junta, which hopes to keep control over the transition. [...]

SpotlightTURKEY GUINEA Business 09/09/2021
Turkish Ambassador to Guinea Volkan Türk Vural (left) during a meeting with Guinean Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana on 21 April 2021.
Turkish Ambassador to Guinea Volkan Türk Vural (left) during a meeting with Guinean Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana on 21 April 2021. © Office of the Republic of Guinea/Twitter

Coup stops Turkey's Africa push in its tracks 

Turkey's diplomats have been hard-wired to reject military rule ever since the failed 2016 coup attempt in Ankara, but they now find themselves having to make pragmatic choices with Guinea's new leaders to maintain an air of influence. [...]

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