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A consensus premier is fired and the old guard’s man gets the job

He was supposed to be a consensus Prime Minister but he did not last long. Lansana Kouyaté, appointed in February 2007, after bloodshed and strikes had almost toppled President Lansana Conté, was fired on 20 May. Fearing Kouyaté wanted the presidency himself, Conté wanted his power back. The last straw was an independent audit which showed that presidential relatives had swallowed about 400 million Euros (US$619 mn.) of state funds in under two years.

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Lansana Kouyaté, Lansana Conté, Ahmed Tidiane Souaré, Aboubacar Bruno Bangoura, Olga Siradin, Henriette Conté, Mamadou Sylla, Youssouf Diallo, Aïssatou Bella Diallo, Mounir Hussein Mohamed, Ousmane Doré, Mamady Sam Soumah, Idrissa Thiam, Moussa Solano, Kiridi Bangoura, Alpha Ibrahima Keira, Ahmed Sékou Touré, Mamadou Sampil, Fondation Maman Henriette Conté, Africa Confidential