Guinea junta creates council to facilitate transition to elections
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Guinea junta creates council to facilitate transition to elections

Guinea’s junta leader Mamadi Doumbouya Saturday announced the establishment of an 81-member National Council of Transition (CNT) to serve as the country’s parliament and legislate during the transition leading up to elections. The transition began on September 5, 2021, when former President Alpha Condé was ousted by a coup d’etat

In a decree read out on public broadcaster Radio Télévision Guinéenne, Doumbouya appointed his relative Dansa Kourouma to serve as the President of the CNT. Kourouma is a political activist and election observation expert. He has also served as president of the National Council of Guinean Civil Society Organizations, president of the Citizen Platform for Election Monitoring in Guinea, and vice-president of the West African Network for Electoral Monitoring.

The membership of the CNT includes representatives from all socio-professional organizations in the country such as political parties, civil society organizations, security forces, trade unions, religious organizations, and women’s and youth organizations. Maïmouna Yombouno, chosen from among resource persons, will serve as first vice-president of the CNT. Elhadj Sény Facinet Sylla, appointed by religious denominations, will serve as its second vice-president. Political parties have 15 representatives, civil society organizations have 13 representatives and security forces have 9 representatives in the CNT.

A military coup led by Doumbouya ousted the government of former President Alpha Condé in September 2021, alleging corruption and human rights violations. Doumbouya was installed as the transition president and promised a return of power to the people through elections. Recently, the political class has grown increasingly dissatisfied with junta for failing to deliver on its promises.