A coalition of civil society organizations and associations from Guinea is proposing a 24-month period for “A successful transition”, following the seizure of power on September 5 by the military led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. Since the putsch which overthrew President Alpha Condé, Colonel Doumbouya has been made transitional president and a government has been formed, with a civilian at its head.
Colonel Doumbouya has promised to return power to civilians after an election, but refuses to be dictated by a deadline. He says that this will be set by a National Council taking the place of a legislative body, in the process of being set up.
The Citizen Alliance for the Transition (ACT), “An integral part of the nation’s lifeblood, proposes a period of 24 months for a successful transition”, indicates a press release published Wednesday, December 29.
The coalition brings together several organizations, including the Association of Bloggers of Guinea (Ablogui), Action Mines, Mouvement G +, Wanep-Guinée and even Publish what you pay. Transitional Prime Minister Mohamed Béavogui presented Colonel Doumbouya with the government’s roadmap on Saturday, December 25, without specifying the timetable.
The ECOWAS requirement
Complete the transition within 24 months ” is possible “, according to the ACT which specifies that “The first year will be devoted to the establishment of the organs of the transition, the development of the draft Constitution and its adoption, electoral reforms and the enrollment of voters”.
“The second year, for its part, will be the electoral year starting with the municipal and community elections followed by the coupling of legislative and presidential elections”, underline civil society organizations.
West African leaders maintain the demand for elections in the coming months in Guinea, the scene of a military coup in September, and demand a timetable for the return of civilians to power.
Meeting on December 13 in Nigeria, the leaders of the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) insisted “On the need to respect the six-month deadline previously decided [par la Cédéao] for the holding of elections “ and “Urge” the authorities to quickly submit a timetable to this effect, specifies a document published the next day.
ECOWAS suspended Guinea from its instances and from the individual sanctions imposed on members of the junta. The new Guinean authorities have informed ECOWAS that the National Transitional Council (CNT), the body which must specify the timetable for the transition, will be formed by the end of December, reports the West African organization.
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