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FILE PHOTO: Special forces members take position during an uprising that led to the overthrow of President Alpha Conde in the Kaloum neighborhood of Conakry, Guinea on September 5, 2021. REUTERS / Saliou Samb

CONAKRY: The soldiers who seized power in Guinea at the weekend have consolidated their takeover by appointing army officers to head the eight regions and various administrative districts of Guinea.

West African countries have threatened with sanctions following the overthrow of President Alpha Conde, who was serving a third term after changing the constitution to allow it, in what his opponents believed to be illegal. Regional leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation – not Thursday as suggested in a previous staff memo.

Coup leader Mamady Doumbouya, a former French Foreign Legion officer, has a transitional national unity government and a “New Era for Governance and Economic Development” promised. But he has not yet explained exactly what this will mean or given a time frame.

The Sunday uprising, in which Conde and other top politicians were arrested or banned from traveling, is the third since April in West and Central Africa , raising concerns about a return to military rule in a region that has made progress towards multi-party democracy since the 1990s.

Conakry experienced a second day of calm following the coup, with some military checkpoints removed. In the administrative center of the capital, the Kaloum peninsula, traffic was normal on Tuesday. Traffic jams began to form.

State RTG television broadcast images of General Aboubacar Diakite, appointed by the junta, who took over the post of civil governor Sadou Keita in Kankan, the electoral stronghold of Conde.

Keita called his replacement by a general a moment of “joy and remorse,” reported the Guinean news website Inquisiteur.net.

In the northern Labe region, soldiers took a photo of Conde from the walls of Governor Elhadj Madifing Diane’s office when handed over to a lieutenant colonel, Media Guinea reported.

The coup has raised concerns about shipments of bauxite, the main aluminum ore, from Guinea, the second largest producer in the world.

The benchmark aluminum contract on the London Metal Exchange remained close to a 10-year high on Monday.

However, mines have reported no disruption. The bauxite project of the state-owned Chinese aluminum producer Chalco in Guinea said it was going normally.

Australia-listed bauxite and gold exploration companies Lindian Resources and Polymetals Resources also announced on Tuesday that their activities were not affected.

The The Kremlin is closely monitoring the political situation and hopes that Russian business interests, including three large bauxite mines and an alumina refinery, do not suffer.

Afrobarometer surveys suggest that the majority of Guineans believe that the Corruption has increased in recent years, while dissatisfaction with the economy and personal living conditions has increased.

The frustration boiled into deadly protests last year when Conde opted for a third term.

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