Uncertainty looms in Conakry as opposition leaders and some civil society organizations have remained divided on the duration of the military transition following the September coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected President Alpha Conde by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.
During a meeting with the military council and the opposition leaders with civil society organizations, the interim President, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, asked the members to propose a duration for the military leadership, but the meeting ended with no major time frame as the leaders couldn’t come to conclusion.
Reports from the in-camera meeting revealed that Cellou Dalein Diallo, former Prime Minister proposed a 15-month transition for new elections to be conducted and powers handed to a civilian government but he was largely opposed by some key figures who said the 15 months would not be enough for the handing over.
Two prominent personalities proposed a18-24 months and that the military government should be given time to stabilize the government before organizing any election.
Daya Milimo and Bah, the two prominent members, argued that 15 months would not be enough, considering that the constitution needs to be revisited to meet the aspirations of Guineans; thus, rushing to organize an election could still lead to illegality.
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, on his part, reminded the audience that his government will stay committed to the deadline that would be decided by the people and that none of the coup members would stand for any election.
The country is currently under ECOWAS sanction as they can’t participate in any activities until the military hands power to a civilian government.