On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, it was the beginning of the national consultations initiated by the junta that took power on September 5. Meetings scheduled for Friday at the People’s Palace in Conakry, with “all the living forces of the country”, to discuss the contours of the transition, currently very uncertain. It was the political parties that got the ball rolling on Tuesday.
With our special correspondent in Conakry, Charlotte idrac
One representative per party, that was the rule established by the CNRD, National Committee for Rally and Development for the start of these consultations. This did not prevent the hall in the People’s Palace from being taken by storm to get the precious sesame, a pass to the consultations.
The meeting was held behind closed doors. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya first spoke in a speech of about five minutes. According to the participants, the junta leader insisted on “tolerance”, “forgiveness”, “cohesion” or even on an “inclusive and peaceful” transition.
Then about fifteen political representatives spoke, including Cellou Dalein Diallo from the UFDG, Sidya Touré from the UFR or Saloum Cissé from the RPG-Arc en ciel, the party of overthrown President Alpha Condé, in an atmosphere described as “friendly” by Ousmane Kaba, president of the Pades.
However, the chaotic organization blocked some representatives who could not enter, such as Etienne Soropogui from the party “Our common values”, which was very angry. “This shows the enthusiasm for participating in change,” said Kaemou Bogola Haba, of the Anad coalition.
The political parties are now responsible for working on a memorandum to present their proposals and prepare for the transition.