Guinea: Alpha Conde flown out country for health checkup

Guinea’s former president Alpha Conde flown out of the country for a health check-up [Image:alphaconde]
Guinea—Alpha Conde, the erstwhile Guinean President has left the country for medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates after spending more than four months in the custody of the military junta that ousted him.

The ruling junta decided last month that the ex-president would be allowed to travel for medical reasons, but could not remain abroad for more than a month.

Until now, zero details were given on his diagnosis, though witnesses at the airport in Conakry, the capital, confirmed that the 83-year-old former president’s plane was en route to Abu Dhabi.

According to reports, he boarded a plane at 2 p.m. local time. A top government official confirmed his departure.

However, there was no immediate confirmation from the junta-led transitional government, though officials had announced earlier this month that Conde wasn’t in good health and would be traveling abroad soon for care.

The coup in September was condemned by Guinea’s neighbors and international partners, resulting in Guinea being suspended from both the African Union and the 15-nation Economic of West African States (ECOWAS).

Alpha Conde came to power in 2010 during the country’s first democratic elections since independence from France in 1958.

At the time, there were hopes that his presidency would turn the page after decades of dictatorship and corrupt rule in Guinea, home to mineral riches including the world’s largest bauxite reserves.