Guinea Military Junta Dissolves Government and Seals Borders

Guinea Military Junta Dissolves Government and Seals Borders

by Victor Ndubuisi

Following a coup in September 2021, the military dictatorship in Guinea formally abolished the government, sealed the nation’s borders, and frozen the bank accounts of ministers. The statement was made by Brigadier General Amara Camara, the Secretary General of the President, via a presidential decree broadcast on state television.

Following the coup orchestrated by Mamady Doumbouya, who removed elected President Alpha Condé amid protests against Condé’s contentious quest for a third term, Prime Minister Bernard Goumou spearheaded the collapse of the cabinet. The decree did not specify the grounds for the dissolution or the timetable for forming a new administration.

Ministers have been ordered to turn in their official vehicles and passports as part of the dissolution, and their bank accounts have been blocked. security organisations have been tasked with sealing Guinea’s borders until the transition of power to the junta is complete. During the interim period, lower-level officials will oversee state ministries, according to Camara.

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The junta’s activities are in line with the 24-month transition period that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had previously decided upon. As the transition period ends, elections are anticipated to be held in Guinea within ten months in order to reinstate democratic governance.


Guinea becomes the latest in a string of West and Central African nations that have had coups recently, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Gabon. Regional bodies including the United Nations, the African Union, and the ECOWAS have denounced these coups.

Significant changes to Guinea’s political scene, such as the government’s breakup and the implementation of border controls, indicate ongoing instability despite efforts to return to civilian authority.


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