Members of Guinea’s military enacted a coup d’état on Sunday, arresting the West African nation’s president and dissolving the Guinean constitution.
“We have dissolved government and institutions,” the coup’s leader, Guinean Col. Mamady Doumbouya, said in a video statement broadcast on state TV on September 5. “We call our brothers in arms to join the people.”
“The personalization of political life is over. We will no longer entrust politics to one man, we will entrust it to the people,” Doumbouya, a former French legionnaire, added.
Videos circulated on social media on Sunday appearing to show Guinea President Alpha Conde detained by Guinean soldiers in an undisclosed location. An adviser to President Conde later confirmed his arrest by the Guinean army to CNN. By Monday, Reuters reported that Guinea’s military had detained other top politicians in Guinea and barred them from leaving the country.