Eric Gozlan
Eric Gozlan

Guinea: Who to lead ?

On September 5, the National Committee for Recovery and Development (NCRD) took power in Guinea following a military putsch, a putsch that is totally different from those that some African countries have experienced.

Indeed, this putsch led by the NCRD was apparently smooth: very few deaths, few arrests and, above all, the beginning of discussions with the entire Guinean political class.

It is true that Guinea has been one of the only truly democratic countries in Africa for over 20 years. Relative democracy in the eyes of Europeans but real in the eyes of Africa.

I had the chance to visit Guinea many times. I was able to discuss with politicians, businessmen and women and religious dignitaries. I found that everyone was proud of their country’s democracy and wanted it to continue.

On September 5, the NCRD took power. Its current role is to manage current affairs but above all to be a transitional power and to organize elections  and to respect the Guinean people and their constitution.

Now Guineans must ask themselves about the political future of their country, which, let us not forget, is an economic power in the making.

Looking at Guinean politics, it is easy to see that the party “Rassemblement pour une Guinée Prospère” (RGP) can lead the country’s transition.

Indeed, the RGP is a member of the “Rassemblement Républicain” group.

When we look at this group, we can consider it as a  centrist one ; it is the second political group, after the RPG Arc en Ciel, and has always worked for the unity of the country.

During my travels, I had long conversations with the Honorable Bouna Keita who is a deputy of the Rassemblement pour une Guinée Prospère. I appreciated his foresight and especially his desire to improve the lot of Guineans and the image of the country abroad.

Bouna Keita is not only a politician but also the First Vice President of the National Council of Employers of Guinea.

Guinea needs a “wise man” to continue to progress. This wise man must be wise in politics and wise in economics.

During our last meetings, Bouna Keita told me that he wished to continue the discussions with the NCRD but wanted to broaden the talks to include other groups: representatives of civil society, employers, unions, the medical profession and civil servants. Each agreement, he said, would have to be signed by all parties and validated by the Constitutional Court.

I am not Guinean, I am co-director of an NGO that works in civil diplomacy, and it is with my experience as an international mediator that I give my opinion on Guinea. 

About the Author
Eric Gozlan is Government Counselor and co-director of the international Council for diplomacy and dialogue. He works in civic diplomacy in the Middle East and in Africa. He has received numerous awards for peace and gives numerous lectures. He served in the IDF for several years.
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