Guinea coup leaders release dozens of prisoners

The UN, African Union and regional body Ecowas condemned the coup
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Military leaders who’ve seized power in Guinea have released about 80 prisoners ahead of a summit of the west African grouping Ecowas.

The leaders of the Ecowas bloc are due to meet virtually on Wednesday to discuss the Guinea coup and the political transition in Mali.

The prisoners had been opponents of President Alpha Condé, who was ousted by special forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

He has accused Mr Condé, who’s 83, of rampant corruption, human rights abuses and mismanagement.

Impoverished Guinea is the world’s second producer of bauxite, accounting for a quarter of the world’s aluminium production.

Bauxite prices have hit a 10-year high since the coup.

Source: BBC