Heavily armed soldiers have successfully launched a coup in the Guinean capital, Conakry overthrowing the country’s President, Alpha Condé.
The soldiers who staged the uprising on Sunday afternoon revealed in a short message on national television that they have taken over the West African country.
Alpha Condé after he was arrested
They announced they have further dissolved the constitution and the government, plunging the country into a military dictatorship.
Heavy gunfire had been reported earlier on Sunday morning near the presidential palace in Conakry.
The uprising is believed to be heralded by Mamady Doumbouya, a former French legionnaire in an elite military unit from the country’s army.
A soldier, draped in Guinea’s national flag and surrounded by eight other armed soldiers, revealed in a broadcast that a transitional government would be formed soon.
Pictures have been released showing the 83-year-old President, Alpha Condé surrounded in a room by army special forces as his 11 year reign come to an abrupt end.
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