Alpha Conde born 1938 is a Guinean politician who was the president of Guinea from December 2010 to September 2021. He has spent years as an opposition to succession regimes in Guinea, unsuccessfully running against former president, Lansana Conte in 1993 and 1998 presidential elections.
Running again in the 2010 presidential election, Condé was elected president in a second round of voting. When he took office that December, he became the first freely elected president in the country’s history.
Upon 2010 election, Condé said he would strengthen the country as a democracy and fight corruption.
He was reelected in the 2015 and 2020 elections, though he was alleged of fraud in the 2020 elections. Condé and his son were later implicated in corruption scandals and suspected of election rigging.
However, on September 5 2021, Alpha Conde was overthrown and arrested by the Guinean military in the 2021 Guinea coup d’etat.
A video circulating on social media showed Conde being held by the military with the soldiers announcing that it had dissolved the constitution, shut down the country’s borders and imposed a nationwide curfew.
Guinea, one of the world’s poorest countries despite boasting significant mineral resources has long been beset by political instability.