The Washington Post

Junta says civilian rule is likely to take 3 years

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The military junta in Guinea said its transition back to civilian rule will probably take more than three years, a proposal likely to upset West Africa’s political bloc, which has called for a swift return to constituti­onal order.

Col. Mamady Doumbouya, the head of the junta that took power in a coup in September, told state TV over the weekend that he was considerin­g a 39-month transition — the first time he has proposed a timeline.

Military leaders have snatched power in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea over the past two years. The coups have put the countries at odds with the Economic Community of West African States, which is trying to put power back in civilian hands.

 ?? LEWIS JOLY/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Demonstrat­ors carry a banner near garbage and other material that was set on fire during a May Day march in Paris on Sunday.
LEWIS JOLY/ASSOCIATED PRESS Demonstrat­ors carry a banner near garbage and other material that was set on fire during a May Day march in Paris on Sunday.

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