Mamadi Doumbouya, the leader of Guinea’s junta, was sworn in as interim president on Friday to oversee what regional powers hope will be a quick transition to constitutional rule following the Sept. 5 overthrow of President Alpha Conde.
According to Reuters, the swearing-in ceremony took place at the Mohamed VI Palace in Conakry, despite the absence of most West African heads of state, who agreed last month to impose sanctions on junta members and their relatives. To find out more
Doumbouya took the oath of office while wearing a military dress uniform, a red beret, and wraparound sunglasses.
“I fully appreciate the magnitude and immensity of the responsibilities entrusted to me,” he said afterwards in a speech.
He promised to oversee a transition period that would include the creation of a new constitution, the fight against corruption, electoral reform, and the holding of free and transparent elections.
The coup leaders claimed they deposed Conde due to concerns about poverty and corruption, as well as the fact that he was serving a third term only after changing the constitution to allow it.
Earlier this week, the Guinean media reported that the country’s junta had released details of a plan to return the country to democracy. The plan calls for the President to lead a transition government.
According to the transition charter, Doumbouya will be president, with a government consisting of a civilian prime minister and cabinet, none of whom may run in the elections, a junta spokesperson said on state broadcast television.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the ECOWAS bloc had demanded a six-month transition period in Guinea. According to the junta spokesman Amara Camara, Doumbouya responded by telling the delegation that the will of the Guinean people should be respected.