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Archive for Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Prime minister replaced by union candidate

February 27, 2007

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— Guinea's president named a new prime minister Monday from a list approved by union leaders, replacing an ally whose appointment sparked protests that have killed scores of people in recent weeks.

In a decree read on state radio, President Lansana Conte appointed Lansana Kouyate as prime minister. Kouyate, who has worked for several international groups serving West Africa, takes over from Eugene Camara, a longtime Cabinet member whose appointment angered the unions, which said it violated a power-sharing deal.

Scores died in clashes with security forces and subsequent rioting after Camara was appointed earlier this month. Unions restarted a nationwide strike in protest and called for Conte to step down.

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