n Conflict Trends - Explaining the December 2008 Military Coup d'État in Guinea

Volume 2009, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


On 22 December 2008, the long-term ruler of Guinea, General Lansana Conté, died after a long illness. A military junta seized power a few hours after the announcement, on state radio and television, of President Conté's passing away. A 44-year-old middle-ranking army officer, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara - until then barely known outside military barracks - headed the junta, and was proclaimed two days later as the new head of state. He called his group (CNDD), or the National Council for Democracy and Development. In a first move, common to almost all military coups d'état, the CNDD announced the dissolution of the government and the National Assembly parliament), and suspended the constitution. While the coup leaders were cheered across the country and by Guineans living abroad, their action was condemned by the international community, beginning with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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