Monday, February 15, 2010

Guinea Unveils Interim Government

Guinea unveils interim government

Guinean authorities have appointed a transitional government to steer the country from military to civilian rule, an official statement has said.

The 34-member line-up was selected by interim Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore, appointed last month by the general in charge of Guinea, Sekouba Konate.

The new caretaker government consists both of civilian and military leaders.

Mr Dore has pledged to hold elections within six months, ending a crisis sparked by a coup in December 2008.

That would lead to the first democratically-elected administration in Guinea, which has been controlled by the military for decades.

Mr Dore was appointed by Gen Konate in January after crisis talks in which the military government agreed on a programme to step down.

He has vowed to reform the armed forces and prioritise the economic revival of Guinea - the world's largest exporter of bauxite.

Reform programme

His new government contains a mixture of opposition politicians, trade unionists and members of the outgoing military government, the BBC's West Africa correspondent, Caspar Leighton, reports.

Getting them to work together will be difficult task for Mr Dore, our correspondent adds.

Meanwhile, the man technically in charge of the military government, Capt Moussa Dadis Camara, is convalescing in Burkina Faso.

He has been incapacitated since an assassination attempt in December.

The unveiling of the caretaker government coincides with the arrival of a team from the International Criminal Court that is investigating the army's killing of more than 150 opposition demonstrators last September.

The ICC team is deciding whether to launch a formal investigation into the killings, rapes and other assaults that took place on 28 September 2009.

An earlier United Nations probe pointed the finger at Capt Camara and other members of the military government.

The question of who is to blame for the deaths has been central to the past few chaotic months of Guinea's history, our correspondent says.

The very reason Capt Camara is in exile in Burkina Faso is because he was seriously wounded when a top aide tried to kill him because he feared he would be made to take the blame for what happened in September.

His removal set the stage for more moderate elements of the military to begin handing power to civilians, he adds.

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Published: 2010/02/15 23:47:26 GMT

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