The Guinea’s junta government has released former president of the country, Alpha Conde from prison and placed him under house custody.
DW on Monday posted on its Facebook page that their correspondent in Guinea had confirmed that Conde was released on Sunday night.
“Guinea’s junta government has released former president Alpha Conde from prison and placed him under house custody. DW’s correspondent in Guinea has confirmed that the deposed leader was released last night. Mr. Conde’s release comes three months after the military overthrew him.
“Are there any lessons to be learnt from the rise and fall of Alpha Conde?” the post read.
On 5 September 2021, Condé was captured by the country’s armed forces in a coup d’état after gunfire in the capital, Conakry.
Special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya released a broadcast on state television announcing the dissolution of the constitution and government.
The junta leader, a 41-year-old colonel and former ally of the deposed Condé, was later sworn in at a ceremony held at the Mohamed V Palace in the capital, Conakry, an event boycotted by most West African heads of state.
The coalition of the regional leaders under the auspices of ECOWAS, imposed sanctions on the junta members and their relatives, froze their assets and imposed travel bans on them.
But this has not deterred the putschists’ resolve to take their pound of flesh by ousting Condé – whom they accused of corruption, disregarding human rights and economic mismanagement – barely a year into his controversial third term reelection.
Regional powers would now hope that the new interim government propped by the country’s military will be for a short while and transition to civilian rule will return quickly.
According to DW, the deposed leader was released last night.
Conde’s release comes three months after the military overthrew him.
The political upheaval in the bauxite-rich West African country has raised concerns over the rising cases of coups in West and Central Africa regions.