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Vol 48 No 3

Published 2nd February 2007


Guinea

The strike that shook Conté

As tensions rise, both the President and his civilian opponents will lose if the military launches a coup d'état

Union strikers and opposition demonstrators have secured a tactical victory against President Lansana Conté's regime after three weeks of protests, during which, in January, more than 60 people were killed. All 14 opposition parties joined what became a national political strike, fuelled by rising discontent at falling living standards, that closed down mining companies and big businesses across Guinea. The military remains the arbiter of power in Guinea and will intervene if the protests escalate again.

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