In Conakry, Condé's former ministers living under tight surveillance
As Alpha Condé seeks to return to Guinean politics after his ouster, many of his former ministers are living under harsh restrictions imposed by the country's new government.
ECOWAS leaders have since October been calling for the release of Guinean ministers jailed after president Alpha Condé was overthrown in a military coup. They again addressed the issue at the regional organisation's summit on 4 December in Nigeria.
The former president of Guinea, who has been living in Istanbul since September, still keeps in close touch with several African heads of state. On top of his traditional allies on the continent, he has also renewed contact with his former adversary Umaro Sissoco Embalo, from Guinea-Bissau.
Guinea's stalwart partner under Alpha Condé, Russia has striven to protect its interests since Col Mamadi Doumbouya came to power in a coup last year. But its diplomats and businessmen have suffered several setbacks and are very short of contacts within the new set-up.