New, unmarked green pickup trucks, laden with soldiers sporting wraparound sunglasses and assault rifles, tear through the streets of Conakry, Guinea’s sweltering and otherwise sleepy seaside capital.

Forcing other traffic off the roads, they come and go from Alpha Yaya Diallo, the sprawling military base that has become Guinea’s seat of government since the death of long-time leader Lansana Conte led to a bloodless coup last December.

Despite widespread condemnation from abroad and rumours of counter-coups from within, the world’s biggest bauxite exporter has been spared the chaos some feared it faced when soldiers led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power.

But Guinea’s history — Conte ruled for nearly 25 years after seizing power in 1984 when the previous president also died — is marked with instability and uncertainty lingers over what the new men in uniform will do now they are in power.

“They must respect the promises they made, they must organise elections as soon as possible,” said 29-year-old Conakry resident Aboubacar Soure.

Alongside cracking down on corruption and fighting the drug trade, Camara’s Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) junta has vowed to hold elections by the end of the year.

Tensions rose late last month after Camara cancelled a trip to Libya and heavily-armed soldiers deployed overnight at strategic points around the ramshackle city of 2 million.

More than 20 soldiers have since been arrested for plotting to overthrow the government and the mood in the camp is relaxed — but leaves little doubt over who is in charge


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