GUINEA: Attempted Conde Assassination Update – Former Army Chief, Nouhou Thiam, Arrested – Plus International Reaction
Former army chief Nouhou Thiam — who was fired by Conde shortly after he took office — was arrested in the wake of the attack and was being held at a Conakry police station, his wife told AFP.
A Guinean source in France said: “This is not a coup d’etat. There was no attempt to take control of roads or the airport. Rather, it is a warning shot, possibly aimed at criticizing Alpha Conde’s slowness in organizing legislative elections.”
France condemned the attack and urged the military to commit to democracy but also stressed that polls needed to be held soon.
“It is important that democracy in Guinea now be consolidated, through calm and respectful political dialogue of all concerned and by holding legislative elections soon,” foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
“It just shows the fragility of the country,” said Guinea-based election expert Elizabeth Cote of the International Foundation for Election Systems, who worked for years overseeing voter registration and training of poll workers ahead of last year’s election. “It’s hard to brand what just happened, but hopefully it can be a wake-up call,” she said.