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Guinea opposition parties reject junta's proposed 39-month transition timeline

FILE PHOTO: Special forces commander Mamady Doumbouya, who ousted President Alpha Conde, walks out after meeting the envoys from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss ways to steer Guinea back toward a constitutional regime, in Conakry, Guinea September 10, 2021. REUTERS/Saliou Samb

Guinea's main opposition parties have rejected the ruling military junta's proposed 39-month democratic transition timeline, they said in a statement on Wednesday.

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of the junta that took power in a coup last September, said this month that it would probably take more than three years for the West African country to transition back to civilian rule.

He told state television that after political consultations he was considering a transition of 39 months - the first time he has proposed a timeline.

Three main opposition parties and their allies rejected the proposal in a joint statement and called on interim leaders to "defend democratic institutions".

The junta did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Sofia Christensen; Editing by Estelle Shirbon)

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