Military junta's support likely depends on setting date swiftly, bringing return to civilian rule

Guinea’s junta is under pressure to set a date for new elections after the military rulers opened a four-day series of meetings about the West African nation’s future following their coup just over a week ago.

Concerns are growing about how quickly the junta led by Col. Mamady Doumbouya will give up power to a civilian-led transitional government.

The coup has been cautiously welcomed by longtime opponents of deposed President Alpha Conde including Guinea’s most prominent opposition figure, Cellou Dalein Diallo, who had lost to the ousted leader in the last three presidential elections.

Anger over Conde’s quest for a third term last year led to violent street demonstrations, and many in the capital, Conakry, have shown support for the military takeover. How long that lasts could depend on what deals are struck at this week’s meetings.

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