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Guinea’s junta releases ex-president Alpha Conde

Guinea’s former president, Alpha Conde.

Guinea’s junta has announced that deposed president Alpha Condé was sent to his wife’s home in the capital Conakry on Monday.

The junta, which called itself the National Committee for Development (CNRD) held the 83-year-old Condé incommunicado for months.

In a statement broadcast on state TV, the junta said Condé was now home with his wife, Hadja Djene Kaba Condé, in the Conakry suburbs.

It was not specified whether Condé was under house arrest or if he faces other restrictions.

According to the CNRD, it “will continue to provide the former head of state with treatment worthy of his rank, and this without any national or international pressure.”

Alpha Conde led the country for nearly 11 years before being deposed in a military coup on the 5th of September.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had imposed sanctions on individual coup leaders and demanded the “unconditional release” of Condé.

ECOWAS also suspended Guinea from the bloc and called for elections to be held within six months.