Col Mamady Doumbouya has been sworn in as Guinea’s interim president after leading a coup that saw the overthrow of Alpha Condé on September 5th.
The former French legionnaire, 41, becomes Africa’s second-youngest leader, after Mali’s Assimi Goïta, 38, who also staged a military takeover.
Speaking at the Mohammed V palace in Conakry, the new president said his mission was to “refound the state” by writing a new constitution, tackling corruption, changing the electoral system and putting in place “free, credible and transparent” elections, according to the AFP news agency.
Mamady Doumbouya statement at the transition.
” I reaffirm here, the commitment of the CNRD on behalf of the people of Guinea, to respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed.
Likewise, I would like to underline my particular attachment to strengthening the bonds of friendship and fraternity with our neighbours but also with all the partner countries and friends of Guinea.
As a founding member of the African Union and attached to pan-African values, our country will continue to maintain its place in the integration and influence of the continent.
I would like here to reiterate our commitment that neither I nor any member of the CN-RD and the organs of the Transition will be a candidate in the upcoming elections and that we have no intention of clinging to power.
Before closing my remarks, I launch a fraternal and patriotic appeal to the people of Guinea as a whole, to seize this opportunity to rebuild a strong Nation during this period of Transition. We will have to work together to lay the foundations for a reconciled society committed to its socio-economic, sustainable development for the benefit of all.”