Guinea coup leader sworn in as president – Global News Network

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya was sworn in as president less than a month after overthrowing Alpha Condé AFP

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya was sworn in as interim president of Guinea after leading a coup that resulted in the overthrow of Alpha Condé.

The former French legionnaire, 41, becomes the second youngest leader in Africa, after Malian Assimi Goïta, 38, who also organized a military takeover.

Colonel Doumbouya is barred from running in future elections as part of civilian regime recovery plans announced this week.

The September 5 coup was widely condemned.

The West African organization Ecowas and the African Union have suspended Guinea.

ECOWAS also imposed sanctions against the coup plotters and demanded a return to constitutional order within six months.

Speaking at the Mohammed V Palace in Conakry, the new president said his mission was to “rebuild the state” by drafting a new constitution, tackling corruption, changing the electoral system and establishing “free, credible and transparent” elections, according to the AFP news agency.

He also promised to “respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed”.

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