Col Mamady Doumbouya who led the Guinea coup which saw the overthrow of Alpha Conde has been sworn in as the interim president.
Doumbouya 41 was the former French legionnaire before leading the coup against conde on 5th/September /2021.
He becomes Africa’s second-youngest leader, after Mali’s Assimi Goïta, 38, who also staged a military takeover.
Col Doumbouya is barred from contesting future elections under plans to restore civilian rule announced this week.
Ecowas imposed sanctions against the coup leaders and demanded a return to constitutional order within six months after suspending Guinea from the bloc.
Speaking at the Mohammed V palace in Conakry, the new president said his mission was to “refound the state” by writing a new constitution, tackling corruption, changing the electoral system and putting in place “free, credible and transparent” elections, according to the AFP news agency.
Doumbouya also promised to “respect all the national and international commitments to which the country has subscribed”.
Guinea’s military junta has not specified how long it would take to organise elections.
The military coup leaders detained Mr Condé, 83, after their takeover, with Col Mamady Doumbouya in their “safe place.” And his exact whereabouts remain unclear.
Before his rise to power the colonel maintained a low profile, but what makes him stand out is his international military experience, according to West Africa Political Analyst Paul Melly.
The colonel trained in France and served in the French military where he has his 15-year military career.
He also served in missions in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Central African Republic and close protection in Israel, Cyprus, the UK and Guinea.