Conakry, Guinea – (African Boulevard News) – In a bold and defiant address to the United Nations General Assembly, Col. Mamadi Doumbouya, Guinea’s interim president, defended coups in Africa and rebuffed the West, highlighting the need for change in the continent’s political landscape. Doumbouya, who took office following a military coup in 2021, called on global leaders to move beyond mere condemnation of coups and genuinely address the underlying issues that give rise to such actions.
Doumbouya’s impassioned speech challenged the prevailing narrative held by the West, which often categorizes coups as illegal and undemocratic. He argued that coups are, in fact, a response to deep-seated political and socioeconomic problems that have plagued many African nations for decades.
“Instead of solely criticizing coups, the international community must also examine the root causes that lead to such actions,” Doumbouya asserted. “We cannot continue to ignore the frustrations and grievances of our people, who are yearning for a better future.”
Doumbouya further criticized Western nations for their historical interference in African affairs and their support for autocratic regimes that have oppressed their own populations.
“For far too long, the West has propped up dictators who have disregarded the rule of law and trampled on the rights of their citizens,” Doumbouya stated. “It is time for a fundamental shift in our relationship, one based on mutual respect and genuine collaboration.”
While Doumbouya’s remarks have received mixed reactions globally, they have resonated with some experts and stakeholders. Dr. Amina Gueye, a political scientist specializing in African politics, applauded Doumbouya’s call for change.
“Colonial legacies and neocolonial interventions have left African nations susceptible to political instability,” Dr. Gueye remarked. “Doumbouya’s message highlights the urgency of examining the systemic issues that perpetuate coups and working towards sustainable solutions.”
Doumbouya’s speech comes at a critical time when several African countries have experienced military takeovers or attempted coup plots. These include recent events in Mali, Chad, and Sudan, underlining the ongoing challenges facing the continent’s democratic processes.
As the international community grapples with the complexities of coups and their implications for Africa’s political future, Doumbouya’s message serves as a wake-up call. Rather than dismissing coups outright, it urges leaders to tackle the root causes of political discontent and socio-economic inequality that often underpin such interventions.
In a continent striving for stability and development, Col. Mamadi Doumbouya’s impassioned defense of coups forces both African nations and the global community to confront the issues that have long been swept under the rug. Only by addressing these underlying challenges can true change be realized in Africa’s political landscape.