CONAKRY – The coup leader in Guinea, Colonel Mahamady Doumbouya says a government of national unity will be formed in a few weeks.

He was speaking after meeting ministers from President Alpha Condé’s government.

Col Doumbouya also ordered that no minister from Condé’s government should leave the country and that they must hand over their passports

He said mining companies should continue with their work and the curfew is lifted in their work areas

He said there will be no witch-hunt of former ministers but justice will take its course.

The coup leaders on Sunday ordered the country’s cabinet to attend yesterday’s mandatory meeting.

They warned that those who refuse to attend the meeting will be considered rebels, a statement on state TV said.

The UN, African Union, and regional body Ecowas have condemned the coup and called for a return to civilian rule.

Meanwhile, São Tomé and Príncipe’s former Infrastructure Minister Carlos Vila Nova has won Sunday’s twice-postponed presidential run-off election.

Nova was backed by the opposition Independent Democratic Action party.

The National Electoral Commission said he received 57.54 percent of the votes.  Voting took place without major incidents.

It was delayed by court action after the outcome of the first round was disputed by the third-placed candidate, speaker of parliament Delfim Neves.

Current President Evaristo Carvalho, who has been in office since 2016, did not seek re-election, saying he wanted “to pass on the baton to the younger generation.” – BBC.

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