Guinea President Alpha Conde has been taken & govt dissolved

Guinea putschists say president Alpha Conde has been ‘taken’ and govt dissolved. However, a government statement says they have been repulsed.

It all started when heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital, Conakry.

Several sources said an elite national army unit led by a former French legionnaire, Mamady Doumbouya, was behind the unrest.

83-year-old President Alpha Conde won a controversial third term in October after changing the constitution to allow him to stand again despite violent protests from the opposition, raising concerns to backslide in a region that has seen coups in Mali and Chad in recent months.

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