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Junta Seizes Power in Guinea

September 10, 2021

Episode Notes:

On Sunday, Sept. 5, a junta calling itself the National Rally and Development Committee seized power in the West African country of Guinea. The coup toppled the government of President Alpha Condé, who won re-election last October after changing the constitution to allow himself a third term.

Here to discuss the coup — and the broader state of democracy in West Africa — is Judd Devermont.

Judd is the director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before that, he served as the national intelligence officer for Africa from 2015 to 2018.

[ 00:55 ] What happened

[ 03:36 ] International response

[ 06:20 ] Future of Guinea’s geopolitical orientation

[ 07:34 ] Condé’s elections

[ 08:44 ] Future of West African democracy

[ 11:10 ] Guinea’s opposition

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