A coup d'état is never desirable or to be encouraged in any country. It remains an unconstitutional move that puts the country in a crisis situation. As an organisation that fights for democracy, AfricTivistes cannot be associated with such a practice. We therefore strongly condemn the coup d'état that occurred on Sunday, September 5th, 2021.
However, we must not overlook the actions that led to such a situation to prevail, including the decision of Mr. Alpha Condé to tamper with the Guinean Constitution to stay in power. This led to the loss of dozens of human lives ( at least 92 according to the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution - FNDC) and imprisoned activists and opponents. Therefore, the September 5th coup is the result of an elected person's clear desire to weaken the institutions of the Republic of Guinea for his own benefit. This can only lead to political turmoil and social and institutional crises.
Given this situation, it is no longer possible to talk about the return to democratic or constitutional legitimacy, knowing that the supposedly democratic power of Mr. Alpha Condé was hardly any. It is therefore appropriate to call on the military gathered within the National Committee of Unity and Development (CNRD) to lead a transition period as short as possible.
AfricTivistes is fundamentally devoted to the principles of legality and democracy and firmly condemns any power takeover other than through democratic means. That is why we AfricTivistes :
- Calls on the CNRD to organise a transition process and transfer power through a free and transparent election.
- Calls on the Guinean civil society to work with the junta in organizing the transition.
- Encourages collaboration between the CNRD and the Guinean civil society, particularly to draft an inclusive and consensual Constitution that guarantees the establishment of strong institutions while creating checks and balances between the powers (executive, legislative and judicial) to ensure a better future for Guinea.
- Urges the international community, particularly the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), to assist the Guinean people in holding inclusive discussions to draw up a very short transition that will lead to a free and fair presidential election.
AfricTivistes reaffirms its unwavering support and solidarity with the people of Guinea.