Guinea appoints a transitional legislative council until there are elections

Dakar, Jan 23 (EFE).- The military junta that has governed Guinea-Conakry since the coup d’état on September 5 against Alpha Condé has announced the names that will make up a new body that will function as a Parliament until elections are held. , called the National Transition Council (CNT). The decision was communicated late this Saturday, in a television appearance in which the creation decree ordered by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, who has been the leader in Guinea-Conakry since the overthrow of Condé with the position of president of the transition. Doumbouya named the activist Dansa Kourouma as president of the CNT, a decision that was already expected in the country, Maïmouna Yombouno as first vice president and Elhadj Sény Facinet Sylla as second. In total, the list of CNT members is made up of 81 names, according to local media such as Guinée News on Sunday. This body will be in charge of legislating in Guinea-Conakry during the transition until the country holds elections. The coup against Condé (who had governed since 2010) took place on September 5, 2021, when he was arrested by members of the Army Special Forces Group led by Doumbouya. This colonel, who took the oath on October 1 to officially become president of the transition, said he was giving the coup to create the conditions for a rule of law. In October 2020, Guinea-Conakry held elections in which Condé opted for a controversial third term, not allowed in principle by the Constitution, after a referendum in March of that year to change the Magna Carta, approved with 91.5 % of votes. Both the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have suspended Guinea-Conakry from their institutions after the coup. ECOWAS has also imposed sanctions on the coup leaders, including travel bans and the freezing of financial assets. Guinea-Conakry is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has significant mining, hydraulic and agricultural potential and its reserves of bauxite – raw material for producing aluminum – are among the largest in the world. EFE dk-ngp/jac

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