Guinea’s Military Dissolves Interim Government, Promises New Appointments

Conakry – February 20, 2024

Guinea's Military Dissolves Interim Government,

Guinea’s ruling junta, which seized power in a “military coup in September 2021,” has taken a bold step by dissolving the country’s interim government. The move, announced by presidential spokesperson and Secretary General of the Presidency Amara Camara in a late-night address on Monday, involves the blocking of bank accounts belonging to ministers and the confiscation of their passports.

The West African nation has been under the rule of the military junta since the coup in 2021, led by military officer MamadyDoumbouya, who accused former President Alpha Conde of mismanaging Guinea’s economy despite its abundant natural resources.

Camara, in a state broadcast, revealed that the government would continue to function under deputy secretary generals until new ministers are appointed. Chief of Army General Staff Ibrahim SoryBangoura, in public remarks, confirmed the freezing of current ministers’ bank accounts and the seizure of their passports. The junta’s decision to dissolve the interim government aligns with its stated goal of combating corruption, although specific reasons for Monday’s action were not immediately disclosed.

Guinea’s interim government has been in place since July 2022, following the military coup that ousted Conde from power. The junta has pledged to restore civilian rule in the country by the end of this year.

However, the military rule has faced criticism, with a rare demonstration occurring in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, in September to mark the two-year anniversary of junta rule. Led by journalists, the protest aimed to highlight concerns about media restrictions and limited internet access under the military government. The ruling military, in response, has banned demonstrations in the country.

In December, UN High Commissioner Volker Türk criticized the “increased repression of media freedom” in Guinea, emphasizing that the press restrictions imposed by the junta do not comply with international human rights law.

As Guinea navigates through this political turbulence, the dissolution of the interim government adds a new chapter to the evolving narrative of the country’s political landscape, raising questions about the junta’s commitment to its pledge of restoring civilian rule and addressing concerns about media freedom and human rights.

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