In Guinea, the head of the junta proposes a transition of “39 months”

In Guinea, the head of the junta proposes a transition of

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Eight months after the coup against Alpha Condé in Guinea, on Saturday evening, in a solemn address to the nation broadcast on national television, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya announced a transition timetable.

Eight months after the coup againstAlpha Conde in Guinea, the transition seems to be progressing slowly. The leader of the junta, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, took the floor on Saturday evening April 30 on national television to announce a timetable for the transition. The military in power wants the constitutional order to be restored by “ 39 months », a little over 3 years.

“I don’t decide alone, I act with everyone. This is why, there were successively, the national consultation days, the national meetings and now the consultation framework and dialogue, which have just issued their provisional conclusions, declared Mamady Doumbouya during a speech to the nation. This is the place for me to thank all those who have contributed to the success of this various works. Every Guinean has the right to speak, everyone’s opinion counts. It is the will of the majority that settles the contradictions. A median proposal emerges for a consensual duration of the transition of 39 months. The CNRD [Comité national du rassemblement pour le développement, l’organe dirigeant de la junte, NDLR] and the government in turn will submit to the CNT [Conseil national de transition]which takes the place of Parliament, this proposal which is the result of broad and patient consultations. »

By closing the “inclusive consultation framework”, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Mory Condé, declared on Friday that the ” all actors “having agreed to participate had” proposed durations ranging from 18 to 52 months for the transition, without specifying from what date.

It is not yet known when exactly the CNT will be called upon to give its position on the subject. As for ECOWAS, which demanded a much shorter duration, it has not yet reacted. The West African community has already let go this week by granting an added delay to the authorities to present their transition schedule, the deadline for which had initially been set in March at April 25, under penalty of the extension of the economic sanctions decided against after the September putsch.

“It is simply unacceptable”

Joined by RFI, Sidya Touré, former Prime Minister of Guinea and president of the UFR, the Union of Republican Forces, considers that this delay is unacceptable and unjustified. The opponent calls on ECOWAS to restore a framework for negotiation with the junta.

I am really very surprised to realize that such a distant date has been given. It must be added to the past eight months. This means that we are going towards 47 months. It is therefore more than four years of transition. It is simply unacceptable. […] We are going to consult at the level of political parties but also of civil society and ask again for a framework of consensual dialogue with a representative of ECOWAS.

Sidya Touré, President of the Union of Republican Forces (UFR)

Same story on the side of the FNDC which considers this proposal from the junta as ” a threat to peace and national unity » and which calls for a « inclusive dialogue “, this time ” under the supervision of the international community “.

In a press release published this Sunday 1er May, the civil society coalition that fought against Alpha Condé’s third term, ” calls on Guinean pro-democracy citizens to remain mobilized to save the ongoing transition “. The FNDC will let you know in the coming days how it intends to react.