Members of the Guinean military have claimed to have arrested President Alpha Conde as part of a military coup that took place Sunday at the presidential palace in Conakry. The west-African nation joins neighbors Chad and Mali in undergoing recent major changes in government. Conde won a controversial 3rd term last October after altering the constitution which the new junta led by Mamadou Doumbouya has since dissolved. Doumbouya is a former French foreign legionnaire who claimed during a broadcast from a state broadcasting network that the breakdown of Guinea’s institutions and rampant corruption forced his decision. It was not entirely clear if the coup had really taken place when Conde’s defense ministry issued a statement saying the insurrectionists had been repelled. The US State Department has condemned the coup saying it will only contribute to Guinea’s economic problems.