Guinea’s former president, Alpha Conde, who was deposed in a September military coup, returned to the nation on Friday following a medical checkup in the United Arab Emirates, according to the interim administration.
Alpha Conde, 84, is under house imprisonment in Guinea but is permitted to receive visitors. He left the country in January after the junta granted him permission to leave for medical reasons.
The junta claimed in a late-night announcement carried on national television that “the former president would remain in Guinea for as long as his health permits.”
“His dignity and integrity shall be honoured at all times.”
Guinea was suspended from the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States after their coup was criticised by regional neighbours and the world community.
The EU’s 15-nation group has placed sanctions on the country and given the interim administration until April 25 to spell out a schedule for returning to constitutional authority or face stronger consequences.
Conde, who had been in office since 2010, was accused of widespread state corruption and enraged his critics by amending the constitution to allow him to run for a third term, provoking widespread demonstrations.