Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Guinean Coup

Much has been happening in Guinea, one of the world's poorest countries, since its longtime President Lansana Conte died last week.

Hours after Conte's death, Capt. Moussa Camara led a military coup d’état, took control of the airwaves, and declared himself Guinea's new president. Thus far, the majority of Guineans have welcomed the move while government officials have apparently submitted to Camara's junta. Today, coup leaders took the bold step of demoting all military generals from Conte's regime.

The late Mr. Conte seized power through a military coup of his own in 1984 after the death of President Touré. The authoritarian leader, quoted last year as saying "I am the boss, others are my subordinates," was only Guinea's second president since the West African nation gained independence from France in 1958.

Here is more about the situation in Guinea from blog.foreignpolicy.com.

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