Guinean coup: 12 Quick Facts about coup leader Mamady Doumbouya

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya emerged Sunday as leader of the coup d’etat that toppled the 11 year-old government of President Alpha Conde.

Here are some 12 quick facts on the leader of Guinean junta.

  • There is a wide gap in the age of Conde and Doumbouya. The military officer is in his forties, while Conde is 83.
  • He is married to a European woman and they have three children
Mamady Doumbouya and family
  • He was until today, the boss of the Group of Special Forces of the Guinean army.
  • He was a graduate of the School of War, with more than fifteen years military experience.
  • He had been on UN military mission to Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Central African Republic
  • Doumbouya has also had military training in Israel, Cyprus, United Kingdom.
  • In Israel, he completed the operational protection specialist training at the International Security Academy.
  • He also completed the unit commanders training course at the Infantry Application School (EAI – Senegal) , the training of staff officer (EEML – Libreville) and the Paris War School.
Colonel Doumbouya and Alpha Conde
  • His training has equipped him to be able to identify and defuse risky situations by remaining calm in the face of a hostile environment and extreme pressure.
  • The head of the Special Forces Group adapts and improvises to any situation that requires self-control, risk assessment and rapid decision-making.
  • Commander Doumbouya holds a Master 2 (bac + 5) defense and industrial dynamics at the University panthéon Assas Paris ll. Defense expert in management, command and strategy.
  • He was also a Commondo instructor at the foreign legion in France on risk assessment and rapid decision making.
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