So what’s really good with Guinea? On December 22nd, Guinean president of 24 years, Lansana Conte, died after struggling with diabetes for many years. I remember being optimistic when in February of 2007 Conte named Lansana Kouyate as Prime Minister to appease the nation’s striking unions. According to the power-sharing deal, Kouyate would have the right to appoint key government officials. Some of my Guinean peers were a a little optimistic, but most were convinced this was just a political gimmick. By then it was already known that Conte was seriously ill and it was widely speculated that he was not the one running the country. Much to my dismay, Conte sacked Kouyate in May of 2008 and replaced him with his close friend and confidant Ahmed Tidiane Souare.
According to the Guinean constitution the speaker of the assembly court should have become president once the Supreme Court rules that there’s a vacancy in the presidency, instead the military stepped in and now Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara is at the helm. Camara felt that he is better suited for the job because most government officials are part of the old regime. I am yet to hear of a dictatorship that is not supported by its army. He is promising to rid the country of corruption and will organize for elections in 2010.
Lansana Conte himself obtained power in 1984 through a bloodless coup. Is this Deja Vu?
Read the statement released by the military after the coup here.