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Vol 48 No 11

Published 25th May 2007


The troops see red

As soldiers riot and elections are postponed, even the African Union tells Conté it is time to go

Gunfire in the night was only the start of it. After a relatively calm April, discontent has spread again. Soldiers have continued sporadic shooting to warn President Lansana Conté and his new Prime Minister, Lansana Kouyaté, that they are still unhappy. On 20 May, the Inter-Centrale Syndicale, the trades union federation, told Conté that he had violated their agreement with him by appointing his ally, Daouda Bangoura, as Central Bank Governor over Premier Kouyaté's head. Former Central Bank Governor Alkaly Mohamed Daffé was unable to continue in the job due to illness.

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