Heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in Guinea: NPR


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Eyewitnesses say that heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in the capital of Guinea and lasted for hours. It was not immediately known whether Chief Alpha Condé, who was seen above in August 2019, was at home at the time the shooting began.

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Eyewitnesses say that heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in the capital of Guinea and lasted for hours. It was not immediately known whether Chief Alpha Condé, who was seen above in August 2019, was at home at the time the shooting began.

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Conakry, Guinea (AFP) – Heavy gunfire broke out early Sunday morning near the presidential palace in the Guinean capital and lasted for hours, raising security concerns in a West African country with a long history of seizing military power, witnesses said. and attempted coups.

The Defense Ministry later said the presidential guard and other security forces “contained the threat and repelled the group of attackers.”

“Security and sweeping operations are continuing to restore order and peace,” the statement said.

However, the statement could not be independently confirmed and there was no immediate comment from President Alpha Condé. State television broadcast music and other programs, but did not mention the shooting, which reverberated in the Calum district of Conakry all morning.

Conde has faced mounting criticism since he sought a third term in office last year, saying the two-term limit did not apply to him due to the constitutional referendum he put forward.

He was eventually re-elected, but the move sparked violent street demonstrations during which the opposition said dozens were killed. Conde, 83, could remain in power until 2030 if he wins again in 2025.

He first came to power in 2010 in the country’s first democratic elections since independence from France in 1958. His presidency was seen by many as a new beginning for the country, which has been mired in decades of corrupt authoritarian rule.

However, his opponents say it has failed to improve the lives of Guineans, most of whom live in poverty despite the country’s vast mineral wealth.

In 2011, he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after gunmen surrounded his house overnight and bombed his bedroom with missiles. Rockets fell inside the compound and one of its guards was killed.


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