Heavily armed soldiers have successfully launched a coup in the Guinean capital, Conakry overthrowing the country’s President, Alpha Condé.
The soldiers who staged the uprising on Sunday afternoon revealed in a short message on national television that they have taken over the West African country.
They announced they have further dissolved the constitution and the government, plunging the country into a military dictatorship.
Heavy gunfire had been reported earlier on Sunday morning near the presidential palace in Conakry.
The uprising is believed to be heralded by Mamady Doumbouya, a former French legionnaire in an elite military unit from the country’s army.
A soldier, draped in Guinea’s national flag and surrounded by eight other armed soldiers, revealed in a broadcast that a transitional government would be formed soon.
Pictures have been released showing the 83-year-old President, Alpha Condé surrounded in a room by army special forces as his 11 year reign come to an abrupt end.