REQUIEM FOR DEMOCRACY

On September 5, 2021, the military ended the eleven-year ‘reign’ of Alpha Conde in Guinea. The coup was led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of Guinea’s Special Forces. The military have since received assurances of cooperation from the major opposition party, the National Alliance for Change and Democracy (ANAD), and the Convergence for Renewal and Democracy in Guinea (COREDE) led by Mamadou Sylla. The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) which was the foremost organization contesting Conde’s illegitimate tinkering of the constitution for a third term in 2020 have also announced support for the military leadership. These declarations of support have largely echoed popular sentiment amongst Guineans who had grown frustrated with the leadership of Conde and the manipulation of the electoral process to keep him in power.