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.
During his 15-year military career, Col Doumbouya served in missions in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Central African Republic, and close protection in Israel, Cyprus, the UK, and Guinea.
Guinea’s new leader is friends with his fellow coup mastermind in Mali – President Goïta, according to news website Africa Guinea.
The same site reports that in 2018, the two military men crossed paths in Burkina Faso during a training session organized by the US Army, which was reserved for the region’s special forces commanders.