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Guinea voices on uncertain future

People walking in Conakry, Guinea [archive image]

Residents in Guinea share their views with the BBC's Africa Have Your Say about the death of President Lansana Conte and an announcement by the military about its takeover.

The late president, who ruled the West African country with an iron fist for 24 years, died on Monday evening.


I am in the centre of the capital.

The city is quiet and has been since the military made its communication that they don't need any looting in the streets.

So everything is quiet, very quiet.

People are scared and quiet.

There are no cars coming and going; no people.

And no-one is playing football in the streets.


The situation for the moment is calm. I live in the suburbs and in my area there is no problem.

Lansana Conte in 1984
Lansana Conte seized power in 1984 and won three controversial elections

People are at home; shops are not open; there is no market today.

There is quietness but at the same time there is no problem.

We are looking to the military because they said that they will set up a meeting with the civilians to try and set up an interim government until we can have elections. This is the situation for the moment.

In Guinea, we have suffered from much insecurity, particularly those of us who live in the suburbs.

We have suffered a lot: shootings at night, robberies, breaking into people's houses, violence.

It was because of this past regime.

Now that the late president has passed away maybe we can be settled.


I am about 700km (435 miles) away from the capital, Conakry, and everything here is calm.

There is no problem.

The only situation we have here is that most of the shops are closed.

But cars are moving and everyone is moving about freely.

There is no problem here.


The situation is very quiet and very calm.


The people are staying at home and doing as the military tells them.

We knew this would happen after the death of President Conte - that the military would take power.

I was not surprised. No-one was.

This was all foreseen. This morning's events were all foreseeable.

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