Heavy gunfire erupted early Sunday close to the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital, witnesses mentioned, elevating safety considerations in a rustic with an extended historical past of army energy grabs and coup makes an attempt.
It wasn’t instantly recognized whether or not President Alpha Conde was house on the time the taking pictures started, based on witnesses within the Kaloum neighborhood of Conakry.
Conde has confronted mounting criticism ever since he sought a 3rd time period in workplace final 12 months, saying the constitutional time period limits didn’t apply in his case. He was finally reelected, however the transfer prompted violent avenue demonstrations, and the opposition mentioned dozens had been killed.
Conde got here to energy in 2010 within the nation’s first democratic elections since independence from France in 1958. Many noticed his presidency as a contemporary begin for the mineral-rich nation, which has been mired by many years of corrupt, authoritarian rule.
Opponents, although, say he has failed to enhance the lives of Guineans, most of whom reside in poverty regardless of the nation’s huge mineral riches.
In 2011, he survived an assassination try when mutinous troopers fired on the palace.