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Simandou is China’s poisoned chalice (Luke Hurst, Peter Cai, East Asia Forum)

In September 2021, Alpha Conde — the octogenarian president of Guinea — was toppled by the special forces he created. It is the latest episode of political instability in the West African state with not only rich resources but also a history of military coups.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, in an unusual move, spoke against the military coup and urged the immediate release of the former president. This is a departure from Beijing’s cardinal foreign policy dictate of non-interference in other countries’ domestic affairs.

China has a big stake in the country. Guinea is China’s biggest supplier of bauxite, a key raw material for the aluminium industry. But perhaps more importantly, Guinea is home to the world’s largest untapped iron ore deposit, Simandou.

Simandou is China’s poisoned chalice | East Asia Forum

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Guinea

Guinea military government names Mohamed Beavogui as PM (Al Jazeera)

Guinea’s military government has named Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and expert in agricultural finance, as prime minister to preside over a promised transition back to democratic rule following last month’s coup.

Beavogui, whose nomination was announced on Wednesday on national television, had a prestigious career with international organisations, including the United Nations, but has no national government experience – potentially distancing him from the Guinean political infighting of recent years.

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Guinea

Guinea coup leader Mamady Doumbouya sworn in as interim president (Al Jazeera)

Doumbouya led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5 [File: Cellou Binani/AFP]

Doumbouya led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5 [File: Cellou Binani/AFP]

Guinea has sworn in Colonel Mamady Doumbouya as interim president, who promised to respect the West African state’s international commitments while transitioning to civilian rule.

Doumbouya, who led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5, was sworn in on Friday by Supreme Court head Mamadou Sylla for a transition period of unspecified length.

Guinea coup leader Mamady Doumbouya sworn in as interim president | News | Al Jazeera

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Guinea

Guinea: Justice for 2009 massacre must be at heart of political transition (UN News)

Pramila Patten called for accountability for the 28 September 2009 incident to be at the heart of the country’s political transition.

Guinea: Justice for 2009 massacre must be at heart of political transition | | UN News
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ECOWAS/Guinea/Mali

ECOWAS resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups (Al Jazeera)

The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States in Accra [Kweku Obeng/Reuters]

The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States in Accra [Kweku Obeng/Reuters]

West Africa’s main regional bloc has imposed sanctions against the military government in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition – its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers.

The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week’s putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional rule in Mali following a coup last year.

ECOWAS resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups | Guinea News | Al Jazeera

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Guinea/West Africa. The fall of Alpha Condé’s regime in Guinea: A critical appraisal (Rajen Harshé, ORF)

The military coup d’état in Guinea on the 5th of September, 2021 and the consequent ouster as well as arrest of the 83-year-old former President Alpha Condé is a significant development in the politics of the west African region. Col. Mamady Doumouya, Head of the Special Task Force, seized power and dissolved the constitution. Condé, according to his opponents, was running an incompetent and authoritarian regime. Although the GDP of Guinea was growing at an average of 5 percent for the past five years, 70 percent of the people were earning less than US $3.20 a day. The state of roads, hospitals, and infrastructure was worsening. More importantly, Condé was violating human rights while handling his opponents. Col. Mamady Doumouya mentioned poverty and corruption as the crucial reasons for the coup. With the fall of the Condé regime, the military will form a proper government within the next few weeks. However, international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) as well as Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) have condemned the coup and demanded the release of Condé. The ECOWAS went as far as to suspend Guinea from its membership and offered to send mediators to resolve the crisis. One of the major consequences of the fall of the Condé regime is the resultant uncertainty in the supplies of bauxite and iron ore. Guinea has the largest bauxite reserves in the world, which is the main source of aluminium; bauxite prices have spiked to a 10-year high in the Metal Exchange as the coup has jolted the bauxite market.

The fall of Alpha Condé’s regime in Guinea: A critical appraisal | ORF (orfonline.org)

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China/Guinea. Chinese embassy issues security alert after Guinea military coup (Global Times)

Military coup in Conakry, Guinea Photo: IC

Military coup in Conakry, Guinea Photo: IC

Chinese Embassy in Guinea has issued a security alert for Chinese nationals and institutes in the country after Guinea’s special forces staged a coup and claimed that they had seized Guinea’s President Alpha Condé on Sunday. No reports of Chinese personnel or institutions being affected by the situation have been received so far, said the spokesperson of the Embassy.

Chinese embassy issues security alert after Guinea military coup – Global Times

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(Democratic Republic of Congo/Guinea/Ebola) Ebola Expert Calls for Vigilance Amid Outbreaks (VoA)

Linord Moudou, Carol Guensburg
With the Ebola virus flaring in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a new outbreak in Guinea, Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum is worried.
https://www.voanews.com/africa/ebola-expert-calls-vigilance-amid-outbreaks
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(Guinea) Two opposition figures given 1-year jail sentences (Al Jazeera)

Members of FNDC opposition coalition which led protests against a third term by President Alpha Conde sentenced for inciting insurrection.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/13/guinea-two-opposition-figures-get-one-year-jail-sentences