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Vol 57 No 4

Published 19th February 2016


Guinea

Condé strikes out on his own

The president's efforts to stamp out corruption are meeting resistance from loyalists seeking rewards, while the opposition goes into freefall

President Alpha Condé is enjoying the freedom of manoeuvre that his second and final term of office has given him. He has picked a cabinet of ministers of proven competence – in preference to doling out gifts to party stalwarts who helped his October re-election – and abandoned his suite of international advisors. At his 15 December inauguration, attended by 13 African heads of state, there was no sign of the US billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whose pro-accountability organisations helped him in his first term, nor the British former Prime Minister Tony Blair, nor even of his friend and fellow veteran of the Paris events of May 1968, the French politician Bernard Kouchner.

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