US condemns apparent ousting of Guinea president

The United States has issued a statement “on the military seizure” condemning the apparent coup in Guinea.
It asked parties to stop violence and stand by the rule of the law.
The US Department of State says that “violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only erode Guinea’s prospects for peace, stability, and prosperity”.
It emphasized a process of national dialogue to “sustainably and transparently” address any concerns in order to find a peaceful and democratic solution.
It comes amid more regional and international condemnation of the apparent ouster of President Alpha Condé.
The West African economic bloc, ECOWAS, condemned the “coup attempt” and affirmed “its disapproval of any unconstitutional political change”.
It demanded the respect of President Condé as well as his unconditional release and of those arrested alongside him.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres and the African Union have already condemned the coup and demanded the immediate release of President Condé.
The fate of the president is unclear after an unverified video showed him surrounded by soldiers, who have claimed to have seized power and dissolved government.
However, the defense ministry said the attempted takeover had been thwarted by the presidential guard.
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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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