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Vol 44 No 25

Published 19th December 2003


Guinea

No change there, then

Ill and politically incoherent, President Conté keeps going by eliminating all opposition

With a presidential election looming on 21 December, Guinea's military high command has banned soldiers from carrying arms in the Samory Touré barracks ­ where President Lansana Conté has his Conakry residence ­ and in the Alpha Yaya Diallo army base. Soldiers, and even their officers, have been barred from bringing their own cars into the camps. In the wake of a boycott of the election called by all the principal opposition leaders, the authorities detained dozens of soldiers in Conakry and the provinces throughout late November. The presidency said security forces had foiled a coup planned for 28 November. Other official sources said there was a plan to kidnap Conté from the Sékhoutoureyah palace in Conakry at the Korité prayer marking the end of Ramadan.

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