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Guinea coup: Who is Col Mamady Doumbouya?

A young charismatic soldier, Col Mamady Doumbouya has become Guinea's interim president just under a month after leading a coup against President Alpha Condé.

The deposed leader once put his faith in Col Doumbouya to help him keep his grip on power in the turbulent West African state.

Announcing the coup on 5 September, the 41-year-old former French legionnaire said the army had little choice but to seize power because of the rampant corruption, disregard for human rights and economic mismanagement under the 83-year-old President Condé.


Col Doumbouya's takeover means that he is currently the second-youngest leader of an African state. Only Mali's Col Assimi Goïta, who has been in power since staging a coup in May, is younger, having been born in 1983.

"The president is with us, he's in a safe place," Col Doumbouya told French media after staging the dramatic coup, as a video of Mr Condé - barefooted, with shirt buttons open, vest showing and slouched on a sofa - circulated on social media.

In contrast, Col Doumbouya - dressed in a red beret, sunglasses and army fatigues - appeared on state TV to announce that "the Guinean personalisation of political life is over. We will no longer entrust politics to one man, we will entrust it to the people".

President Condé remains in detention while the UN, African Union and regional body Ecowas all condemned the military junta that replaced him.

Ecowas and the AU have both suspended Guinea's membership.

The junta has announced plans to move the country towards civilian rule but did not specify how long the transition would be.

Anyone taking part in the interim government, including Col Doumbouya, will be barred from standing in the following elections .

Low profile to president

Married to a French national, Col Doumbouya is from the Malinké community, like the deposed president, and hails from Guinea's eastern Kankan region.

Until the coup, he kept a low public profile, with the BBC's Guinea reporter, Alhassan Sillah, saying he saw him at an event only once - three years ago, when the former French colony celebrated 60 years of independence.



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Australia will reopen its international border from November, giving long-awaited freedoms to vaccinated citizens and their relatives.

Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the world's strictest border rules - even banning its own people from leaving the country.

The policy has been praised for helping to suppress Covid, but it has also controversially separated families.


"It's time to give Australians their lives back," PM Scott Morrison said.

People would be eligible to travel when their state's vaccination rate hit 80%, Mr Morrison told a press briefing on Friday.

Travel would not immediately be open to foreigners, but the government said it was working "towards welcoming tourists back to our shores".

Amy Hayes, who lives in the English town of Reading, Berkshire, and has not been back to Queensland in nearly three years, said it was "encouraging to see things moving in the right direction".

"But I'll believe the borders have reopened when I see it and hear the stories of stranded Aussies being able to get home uninhibited," she told BBC News.

Henry Aldridge is excited to fly back to the UK for Christmas to see his parents and five siblings in London. His partner Shana, a nurse from Ireland who lives with him in Sydney, nearly broke down when they heard the news.

"We're pretty excited," he told the BBC. "The first year and a half [of the pandemic] we looked on at the UK and thought, we're pretty happy here. But the last few months haven't been ideal."

He said as the lockdowns were extended and the country recorded more and more cases, the travel ban started to feel "a bit absurd".

"It seemed silly - you still have to quarantine to come home to a country that's in lockdown," he said.

But David Mullahey in Western Australia - which has restricted entry to Australians in other parts of the country - told the BBC he was against changing the travel rules.



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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who led last month's coup in Guinea, was sworn in as interim president on Friday promising to respect the West African state's international commitments while transitioning to civilian rule.

Doumbouya, who led the overthrow of president Alpha Conde on September 5, was sworn in by Supreme Court head Mamadou Sylla for a transition period of unspecified length.

The new interim president spoke of his "commitment" that neither he nor any member of the junta would stand in any future elections that the military have promised to organise after the transition period.


His administration's mission is to "refound the state" he said, by drafting a new constitution, fighting corruption, reforming the electoral system and then organising "free, credible and transparent" elections.

He once again said nothing at the time of his swearing in about how long he will remain the interim leader.

The new president also promised to "respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed."

- Turbulence -

Wearing a beige dress uniform, red beret and dark glasses, the new national leader also vowed to "loyally preserve national sovereignty" and to "consolidate democratic achievements, guarantee the independence of the fatherland and the integrity of the national territory".

The ceremony was held at the Mohammed-V palace in Conakry on the eve of a public holiday celebrating the 1958 declaration of independence from France.

Doumbouya will serve as transitional president until the country returns to civilian rule, according to a blueprint unveiled by the junta on Monday that does not mention a timeline.

The September 5 coup, the latest bout of turbulence in one of Africa's most volatile countries, saw the overthrow of 83-year-old president Conde.

Conde became Guinea's first democratically elected president in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015.



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Inflation continued to rise in the United States in August, while spending and incomes also climbed, according to government data released Friday.

The Commerce Department's personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index was up 4.3 percent from August 2020 as the world's largest economy struggles with supply chain delays and shortages amid its bounceback from the pandemic's business closures.

Income rose 0.2 percent that month, in line with analysts' forecasts, and spending climbed slightly above expectations at 0.8 percent.


The rise in income was attributable both to increases in wages but also to government policies such as advance tax credit payment to families, though those were offset by a decrease in pandemic unemployment benefits that month, the Commerce Department said.

Consumers split the $130.5 billion increase in spending almost evenly between goods and services

Among the former, more was spent on food and beverages and on recreational goods, but less on motor vehicles and parts as they grapple with a shortage of semiconductors that's harmed production. The increase in services was "widespread," according to the report.

The rise in the price index comes amid concerns about inflation in the United States as Congress mulls President Joe Biden's massive spending proposals and the Federal Reserve signals it may soon start cutting its pandemic stimulus policies.

The year-on-year rate was 0.1 percent higher than the month prior, and if the volatile food and energy sectors are excluded, inflation was up 3.6 percent from August 2020, the same rate as the two months prior.

Compared to July, prices rose at an unchanged 0.4 percent.





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