By BOUBACAR DIALLO and CARLEY PETESCH, Related Press
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The junta that seized energy in Guinea has ordered the central financial institution to freeze all authorities accounts in an effort to safe state belongings and “protect the nation’s curiosity.”
The transfer comes as a delegation of West African officers from the regional financial bloc often called ECOWAS arrives Friday in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, to fulfill with the army officers who toppled President Alpha Conde.
The mediators from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso together with ECOWAS fee president Jean-Claude Kassi Brou are anticipated to press the junta to instantly return Guinea to constitutional rule.
The 15-nation regional bloc suspended Guinea following Sunday’s coup led by Col. Mamady Doumbouya. The group has urged the coup leaders to guarantee the protection of the deposed president and others who’ve been arrested. Conde stays within the custody of the junta, who’ve solely mentioned that he’s in a safe location with entry to medical care.
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Doumbouya and the particular forces that put the West African nation beneath army rule for the primary time in over a decade have criticized Conde’s authorities for corruption and the poverty of Guinea’s folks. The junta chief portrayed himself as a patriot of Guinea, taking energy for the individuals who remained poor. Nevertheless, specialists say the coup occurred after tensions elevated between the military colonel and the president due to a current proposal to chop some army salaries.
The junta introduced the non permanent freezing of withdrawals on financial institution accounts associated to public administrative and industrial institutions in all ministry departments and the presidency. The freeze additionally applies to “the applications and tasks of presidential initiatives,” and “outgoing members of the federal government in addition to senior civil servants, directors and monetary authorities of the state.”
Conde’s removing by power got here after he sought and received a controversial third time period in workplace final yr, saying the time period limits didn’t apply to him. Conde was elected in 2010 within the nation’s first democratic vote, with hopes that Guinea would see a recent begin after a long time of corrupt, authoritarian rule and political turmoil. However within the years since, opponents say Conde failed to enhance the lives of Guineans, most of whom dwell in poverty regardless of the nation’s huge mineral deposits of bauxite and gold.
Violent road demonstrations broke out final yr after Conde organized a referendum to change the structure. The unrest intensified after he received the October election, and the opposition mentioned dozens have been killed in the course of the disaster.
Petesch reported from Dakar, Senegal.
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