The president of Guinea, the coastal West African country with a population of about 12 million people, was ousted by a military official in a coup Sunday morning, a soldier in the country’s army announced on local television, according to the Associated Press.
Reports indicate that Alpha Conde, the three-term elected president, was detained following gunfire in the nation’s capital of Conakry. Later in the day, Army Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya appeared on television and declared that the constitution was invalid and that the country would chart a new path forward.
“If you see the state of our roads, if you see the state of our hospitals, you realize that after 72 years, it’s time to wake up,” said Doumbouya, reports the Associated Press. “We have to wake up.”
Conde, 83, became the country’s first democratically-elected president in 2010, but since then has declared that constitutional term limits no longer apply to him. According to Reuters, the country’s defense ministry issued a statement