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Guinea coup leader bars government officials from leaving the country

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Guinea coup leader Mamady Doumbouya on Monday banned government officials from leaving the country, a day after special forces soldiers deposed long-serving President Alpha Conde, drawing international condemnation.

The takeover is the fourth since April in West and Central Africa, raising concerns over a slide back to military rule in a region that had made strides toward multi-party democracy since the 1990s.

Doumbouya, a former French legionnaire officer, told a meeting of Conde’s ministers and senior government officials that they should also hand back their official vehicles.

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“There will be no witch hunt,” he said at the meeting, which was open to the media.

“There will be no spirit of hatred or revenge,” said Doumbouya, who had led the Guinean army’s special forces unit before seizing power Sunday. “But justice will be the compass that will guide every Guinean citizen.”

“For former members of the government, travel outside our borders will not be allowed during the transition,” he said during the brief speech. “All your travel documents and vehicles must be handed over to the general secretaries of your former departments.”

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Guinean government officials are barred from travel until further notice, and must hand over their official vehicles to the military, special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya, who ousted President Alpha Conde on Sunday, told a government gathering on Monday.

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