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Guinea — Coup d’état: Its Inevitability, Legitimizing Factors & Lessons for Africa

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Following the death of Guinea’s ailing President General Lansana Conté, history repeated itself twenty four years after as the military have staged yet another coup. General Lansana Conté’s death was formally announced by the President of the National Assembly, El-Hadj Aboubacar Somparé, who called on the Supreme Court to formally declare a power vacuum and formalize a constitutional transition, and also tasked the military to man the country’s borders. Barely six hours after, the army led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara swiftly staged a bloodless putsch. In a state broadcast on radio and television, the 44 year old putsch leader announced the dissolution of the Government, suspension of the Constitution and creation of a thirty-two man governing council- Conseil National pour la Démocratie et le Développement (CNDD in similar manner to what Lansana Conte did 24 years ago).

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