Guinea’s military ruler, Col. Mamady Doumbouya, has forced all military generals to early retirement.
According to observers, Col. Doumbouya was uncomfortable with some 42 generals who are considered to be loyal to former president Alpha Condé.
The authorities in the West African country stated that 42 generals and two admirals “must exercise their right to retirement.”
The decision was made without explanation.
General Sekouba Konate, who briefly ran a transition government before organizing elections in 2010, is among the list of officers.
A former army chief of staff and the senior commander of the Gendarmerie, a military-controlled police service, are also on the list.
The forced resignations come just a week after Doumbouya, 37, named Mohamed Beavogui as his interim prime minister.
A relative unknown, Beavogui has a background in international development, and an untarnished reputation in the cut-throat world of Guinean politics.
After months of simmering anger with his administration, former special-forces leader Doumbouya conducted a coup on September 5, deposing elected president Alpha Conde.
On October 1, Doumbouya disregarded widespread condemnation of the coup and was sworn in as interim president.
Despite this, he has promised to restore civilian authority after an indefinite transition period and to reconcile the politically divided nation of 13 million people.