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Guinea-Conakry: the “chronogram” of the transition revealed

AA / Peter Kum

The Guinean Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Mory Condé, listed “ten steps” that should lead to the return of power to elected civilians.

According to the sequence described by Minister Mory Condé on Friday, the handing over of power to elected civilians must be preceded by the “general census of the population”, the “administrative census for the purpose of civil status”, “the establishment of the electoral register”, “the drafting of the new Constitution”, “the organization of the referendum ballot”, “the drafting of texts of organic laws”, before “the organization of local elections” then legislative ones, the “implementation establishment of national institutions resulting from the new Constitution” and finally “the organization of the presidential election”.

The Guinean junta has neither given a timetable nor set a deadline, while the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had summoned it to present “by April 25 at the latest” a ” acceptable timetable for the transition” in Guinea.

In a letter sent on April 15 to the coalitions of political parties in the country, the Minister of Administration asked them to send him, no later than April 20, “a time proposal for each action concerned” in the chronogram of the transition which was unveiled on Friday.

ECOWAS, which insisted on the need to hold elections within six months of last September’s coup, suspended Guinea from its organs and imposed individual sanctions on members of the Guinean junta.

The putschists nevertheless initiated a national “consultation” with a view to a political transition entrusted to a future “government of national unity”.

As a reminder, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya took power on September 5 after overthrowing President Alpha Condé.

After arresting Guinean President Alpha Condé, the putschists had promised on September 6 a “unity” government and no “witch hunt”.

The day before, they had proclaimed the dissolution of the government, the institutions and the suspension of the Constitution which Alpha Condé had adopted in 2020 and which he had used to run for a third term the same year, despite months of deadly protests.

The soldiers also said they wanted to return “politics to the people”.

All the promises of the junta could not convince the West African organization which decided to sanction the members of the government and the National Council of the Transition (CNT) of Guinea if an “acceptable timetable for the transition” does not was not presented until April 25.

Last March, ECOWAS expressed its “serious concerns” about the duration of the transition, noting that “the six-month timetable for the holding of elections was not respected”.

In September, she had already decided to freeze the financial assets of members of the junta and their families.

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