1. Ecowas puts off decision on what to do about juntas

    Rhoda Odhiambo

    BBC News

    Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba
    Image caption: In Burkina Faso, Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was sworn in for a three-year term in March

    The West African bloc, Ecowas, has postponed making a decision on Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso after its leaders failed to agree on what action to take against the military juntas in each of those three countries.

    The region's leaders, however, said they were concerned with the countries' deteriorating political and security situations.

    Ecowas suspended Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso after military takeovers.

    The bloc imposed economic sanctions on Mali after officers staged two coups in less than a year. It threatened harsh measures against both Guinea and Burkina Faso whose military rulers have proposed to remain in power for three years.

    Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged the bloc to consider people living in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea who, he said, were victims of unconstitutional changes of government and its consequences.

    Mr Buhari said he was concerned that since the last summit held on 25 March, not much has been achieved on finding an acceptable transitional plan in each of the three countries.

    A UN report published last week said the West African sanctions had contributed to worsening living conditions, particularly for low-income residents.

  2. Teenager shot dead in Guinea fuel protests

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    Motorbikes in Conakry, Guinea - May 2021
    Image caption: People are angry about the big rise in fuel

    The security forces in Guinea have shot dead at least one person during protests against a 20% increase in the price of petrol.

    Family members of the victim - 19-year-old Thierno Mamadou Diallo - say he was shot in the head during protests in the capital, Conakry.

    Wednesday's demonstrations were the largest since last September, when Guinea's military removed President Alpha Condé from office.

  3. UN urges Guinea to revoke ban on protests

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    The United Nations Human Rights Office has urged the transitional authorities in Guinea to revoke a ban on public protests.

    Earlier this month the country's military rulers issued a statement prohibiting gatherings in public places.

    Opposition parties and civil society activists had expressed concern about the measures.

    The UN's human rights spokesperson for Africa, Seif Magango, said the restrictions violated international norms and constituted a setback for democracy.

    In September last year Guinea's President, Alpha Conde, was ousted in a military coup.

    The leader of the takeover, Mamady Doumbouya, was sworn in as interim president a month later.

  4. Guinea junta to try ex-president for murder

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Alpha Condé
    Image caption: Alpha Condé become the first democratically elected president in the history of Guinea in 2010

    The authorities in Guinea say they will prosecute former President Alpha Condé for murder and other crimes committed during his time in office.

    Mr Condé, who is 84, was toppled in a military coup last September.

    A document from Guinea's public prosecutor says he is among 27 former senior officials who are facing a long list of alleged crimes.

    These include murder, illegal detentions, abductions, torture, rape and kidnapping.

    It seems the allegations relate to the final months of Mr Condé's time in office when the security forces were used to crush opposition to his third term.

    Dozens of people were shot dead for taking to the streets.

    The public prosecutor - who was appointed by Guinea's military rulers - said the case was launched following a complaint filed by FNDC - an umbrella group that spearheaded the protests.

  5. Ex-Guinea PM bail ruling due over alleged corruption

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    A court in Guinea will rule on Tuesday on whether a former prime minister and three ex-cabinet members charged with economic crimes will be released on bail.

    Ibrahima Fofana and the other top officials of the ousted government of President Alpha Condé were detained on 6 April on charges of embezzling public funds.

    Mr Fofana served as prime minister from 2018 until Mr Condé was overthrown by the military in September.

    He and former Defence Minister Mohamed Diane, ex-Environment Minister Oye Guilavogui and former Hydrocarbons Minister Diakaria Koulibaly are being held at the central prison in the capital Conakry.

    Guinean military junta leader Mamady Doumbouya vowed last week to intensify the fight against corruption, including by former officials.

  6. Former Guinea PM and ex-ministers face charges

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    Ibrahima Kassory Fofana archive photo (2012)
    Image caption: Ibrahima Kassory served as prime minister from 2018 until the government was deposed last year

    Former Guinean Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory and three ex-cabinet members are due to face embezzlement charges before a court in Conakry following their arrest last week.

    Mr Kassory, former Defence Minister Mohamed Diane, ex-Environment Minister Oye Guilavogui and former Hydrocarbons Minister Zakaria Coulibaly will appear at the Court of Repression of Economic and Financial Offences (Crief) on Monday.

    They were detained on on Wednesday last week on charges of embezzling public funds after three days of questioning.

    Mr Kassory served as prime minister from 2018 until President Alpha Condé was overthrown in a military coup last September.

    The ruling junta has pledged to fight corruption and not launch a witch-hunt against prominent figures in the deposed regime.

    In March, the authorities demolished the home of former Prime Minister Cellou Diallo after accusing him of building houses on public land.

  7. Guinea gives stern warning to foreign mining firms over inequality

    A man at a bauxite factory in Guinea.
    Image caption: The country is the world's second biggest producer of bauxite

    Guinea's military junta has told foreign mining companies they must share profits equally with the country, and must comply with a deadline set for May to present plans to build local refineries.

    The West African nation is the second biggest producer of bauxite - a mineral used in the manufacture of aluminium - and wants to benefit more from the post-mining process of turning the raw material into alumina.

    In a statement posted to Facebook, the presidency said a more equitable partnership with foreign firms was a "win-win".

    If the end of May deadline is not met, Guinea's leader Mamady Doumbouya has also reportedly said penalties will follow.

  8. Ex-Guinea PM protests after junta destroys his house

    Cellou Dalein Diallo on October 2020
    Image caption: Cellou Dalein Diallo was ordered to leave his house last month

    The military authorities in Guinea have destroyed the private residence of former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.

    The junta, which said it was targeting irregularly acquired state property and sub-standard buildings, ordered Mr Diallo to leave the residence last month.

    The former prime minister contested the move, saying it was his private property, having bought it from the state in 2005.

    He said the demolition, which happened on Saturday, took place while an investigation over the matter was ongoing.

    However, government spokesman Ousmane Gaoual Diallo said the decision was part of urgent reconstruction programmes.

    "We must advance. This does not prevent justice taking its course," the AFP news agency quotes him as saying, in reference to appeals against the move.

    The military, led by Col Mamady Doumbouya, seized power last September, deposing Alpha Condé as president.

  9. Sanctions 'not hitting' Russian mining firm in Guinea

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    A train loaded with bauxite arrives at a bauxite factory in Guinea - archive shot
    Image caption: Guinea is rich in bauxite, the ore from which aluminium is derived

    Russian aluminium manufacturer Rusal has denied that it is facing difficulties meeting its financial obligations in Guinea.

    Its statement follows reports that Rusal was to cease operations in the West African nation after sanctions were imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine, threatening the jobs of 4,000 workers there.

    Guinea is one of the world's main exporters of the aluminium ore bauxite.

    “Despite the temporary reduction of bauxite exports from Guinea due to events in Ukraine, Rusal does not plan to cease any of its operations in Guinea,” Guinean news website Guineenews quotes Rusal’s head of public relations as saying.

    The company insists that it is not subject to any international sanctions.

    According to Rusal, it is one of the largest foreign investors in Guinea, where it owns and operates the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia (CBK) and is exporting ore from Dian-Dian, the world's largest bauxite deposit.

  10. Guinea leaders order halt at large iron ore deposit

    Mary Harper

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Guinea's military rulers have ordered all activities to stop at the Simandou iron ore deposit, believed to be the largest in the world.

    They need clarification on how Guinea's interests will be preserved before work can begin again, they say.

    The deposit is owned by the mining giant Rio Tinto and a Chinese-backed consortium, with the Guinean government holding a 15% stake.

    The development of the mine has stalled many times, largely over rights disputes.

    Mining of the 2.5 billion tonnes of high-grade ore was due to start in 2015.

  11. Guinea seizes assets of tycoons 'linked to Hezbollah'

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    Hezbollah fighters during a military parade
    Image caption: Militant group Hezbollah wields considerable power in Lebanon

    A prosecutor in Guinea has ordered the seizure of the assets of two Guinean businessmen of Lebanese descent who have been accused of being linked to funding militant group Hezbollah.

    Guinea's prosecutor Alphonse Charles Wright did not elaborate on whether Ali Saade and Ibrahim Taher were under arrest.

    The seizure order comes after the two were sanctioned by the US Treasury for alleged money laundering and financing of terrorism over their links with Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shia group in Lebanon.

    The US Treasury said the action was "aimed at disrupting Hezbollah’s business network in West Africa".

  12. Guinea opposition threatens anti-junta protests

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    Guinean soldiers
    Image caption: The opposition wants the junta to issue a list of its members

    Guinea's opposition has threatened to hold demonstrations against the country's transitional authorities over poor management.

    The opposition group - National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) - wants clarity on who is part of the junta and the duration of the transition to civilian rule.

    Col Mamady Doumbouya seized power in September, deposing Alpha Condé as president.

    A recently leaked document suggested there would be a four-year transition, but the authorities have not commented on it.

    The opposition group compared this to the situation to Burkina Faso where soldiers took power in January.

    The Burkinabè junta set up a committee quickly and a timetable of the transition has been made public.

  13. Guinean junta suspends Ukraine's honorary consul

    Nicolas Negoce

    BBC News

    Man walking past a billboard showing Col. Doumbouya
    Image caption: Col Doumbouya seized power last year

    Ukraine’s honorary consul in Guinea has been suspended for “gross negligence” for urging the junta to make clear its position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Charles Amara Sossoadouno, a Guinean citizen, had made the call on social media in the hours after the invasion began on Thursday.

    Guinea’s Foreign Minister Morissanda Kouyaté said the decision to suspend him was taken at a later crisis meeting about the conflict, where the situation for around 800 Guineans living in Ukraine was also discussed.

    He said Col Mamady Doumbouya, Guinea’s interim president, wanted all necessary measures to be taken to support them.

    No more was said about the conflict.

    Like Mali and Burkina Faso, Guinea had been suspended from the West African body Ecowas following a military takeover, which took place last September.

    Col Doumbouya has since set up a transitional government, promising to hand over to civilian rule.

  14. Africa's Military Coups

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    Video caption: Zeinab Badawi and a panel of experts take questions in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Zeinab Badawi and her panel of experts in Nairobi, Kenya, take questions concerning recent successive coups in Africa.

  15. Mali coup 'contagious' says leader of West African bloc

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Supporters of January's coup in Burkina Faso wave a photo of the leader of Mali - who also took power by coup last year
    Image caption: Supporters of January's coup in Burkina Faso waved a photo of the leader of Mali - who also took power by coup last year

    The president of Ghana has warned that West Africa is in great danger as a result of recent coups in the region.

    At a key meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), Nana Akufo-Addo - the chair of the regional body - described last year's military takeover in Mali as "contagious".

    He said there was a need to respond collectively and decisively to stop the trend from devastating the entire region.

    The Ecowas meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, was called in response to last month's coup in Burkina Faso.

    Last year the 15-member bloc imposed sanctions on Mali and Guinea following military takeovers there.

    Adding to the region's turmoil was a gun attack on Tuesday on the president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo. Officials described that as an attempt to seize power.

  16. West African leaders meet amid season of coups

    A soldier patrol the government palace area in Bissau, capital of Guinea-Bissau, on February 1, 2022. Sustained gunfire was heard near the seat of government in the coup-prone West African state of Guinea-Bissau, AFP reporters said, as a regional bloc condemned what it called an "attempted coup". Heavily-armed men surrounded the Palace of Government, where President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam were believed to have gone to attend a cabinet meeting.
    Image caption: The latest attempt to seize power came in Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday

    A key meeting of West African leaders has begun in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, following several coups in the region as well as worsening instability as a result of jihadist violence.

    The Economic Community of West African States, or Ecowas, has just sent two delegations to Burkina Faso after the military seized power there last month.

    The 15-member bloc has suspended Burkina Faso's membership.

    Over the last year Ecowas has imposed sanctions on Mali and Guinea following coups there and a reluctance by the military leaders to restore civilian rule.

    Adding to the region's turmoil was a gun attack on Tuesday on the president of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló. Officials described that as an attempt to seize power.

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  17. Guinea's ousted leader in UAE treatment

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    Alpha Conde
    Image caption: Alpha Condé has been in the custody of the military since the September coup

    Guinea's deposed President Alpha Condé, 83, has flown to the UAE for medical treatment.

    Mr Condé - who has been under house arrest since he was ousted in a coup more than four months ago - was accompanied by his doctor and two bodyguards, local media report.

    Last month, the junta said the ex-president would be allowed to travel on medical grounds but could not remain abroad for more than a month.