The military junta now in charge in Guinea is promising to hold democratic elections, but not for another two years.
Army officers acted swiftly to seize control of Guinea after the death of President Lansana Conte a couple of days ago. They have now installed an unknown captain, Moussa Dadis Camara, as leader.
Today excited crowds mobbed his military convoy in the capital Conakry.
Guinea’s civilian leaders are in hiding. The newly-formed National Council for Democracy and Development says it is in full control.
Some of the crowds called the new leader “Obama junior”. He has suspended the constitution but announced a new civilian prime minister will be appointed.
“The council will engage itself in organising free, credible and transparent elections at the end of December 2010,” said Captain Moussa Camara.
Camara said the coup was “a civic act to save a people in distress”. The junta has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the capital.
The UN, EU and African Union have condemned this latest breakdown in democracy in Africa.