Ex-Guinean President Condé transported abroad for medical treatment

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) – Former Guinean President Alpha Condé has left the country for treatment in the United Arab Emirates after spending more than four months in the custody of the military junta that overthrew him, witnesses said. Monday.

No details were given of his diagnosis, although witnesses at the airport in the capital Conakry confirmed that the 83-year-old former president’s plane was en route to Abu Dhabi.

There was no immediate confirmation from the junta-led transitional government, although officials said earlier this month that Condé was not in good health and would soon go to the stranger for treatment.

Condé’s ousting in September came less than a year after he ran and won a third term despite widespread protests. The ex-president had supported a constitutional referendum by circumventing the rules of limitation of the mandates to do so.

The regional bloc known as ECOWAS and other members of the international community have called for Condé’s immediate release since he was detained during the September coup that toppled him after more than a decade in power.

But Guinea’s new military rulers swore that Condé would not be allowed to leave the country and seek exile. West African regional leaders implemented travel bans after the junta failed to release him. The financial assets of the junta leaders were also frozen.

Condé came to power in 2010 in the country’s first democratic elections since independence from France in 1958. At the time, it was hoped that his presidency would turn the page after decades of dictatorship and corrupt rule in Guinea, which is home to mineral wealth, including the richest in the world. largest bauxite reserves.

However, Condé’s attempt to extend his rule sparked violent protests from those who said he had circumvented the rule on term limits to his advantage. He eventually won another five-year term in October 2020 only to be ousted the following September.

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Krista Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal.