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Vol 49 No 12

Published 6th June 2008


Once more the President's man

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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