Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the man who led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5, was sworn in as Guinea’s Interim President on Friday by Supreme Court head Mamadou Sylla for a transition period of unspecified length.
The ceremony was held at the Mohammed-V palace in Conakry on the eve of a public holiday celebrating the 1958 declaration of independence from France.
The new Interim President spoke of his “commitment” that neither he nor any member of the military government would stand in any future elections that the military has promised to organise after the transition period.
His administration’s mission is to “refound the state” he said, by drafting a new constitution, fighting corruption, reforming the electoral system and then organising “free, credible and transparent” elections.
The new president also promised to “respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed”.
The new national leader also vowed to “loyally preserve national sovereignty” and to “consolidate democratic achievements, guarantee the independence of the fatherland and the integrity of the national territory”.
Doumbouya promised to respect the West African state’s international commitments while transitioning to civilian rule.
According to a blueprint unveiled by the military government on Monday, he will serve as transitional president until the country returns to civilian rule. No timeline was given.
The “charter” unveiled on Monday promises that a new constitution will be drafted and “free, democratic and transparent” elections held.
The document says the transitional president will be the “head of state and supreme chief of the armed forces … [and] determines the policies of the Nation”, with the power to name and fire an interim prime minister.
However, the president will be barred from being a candidate at the elections that will take place after the transition, it says.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is demanding that elections be held within six months, as well as Conde’s release.