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Guinea: Between A Rock And A Hard Place?

by Nelima

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.

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8 thoughts on “Guinea: Between A Rock And A Hard Place?

  1. Change is a good thing one way or another. In this case, after 24 years of one old idiot, I would be excited to see someone else take over. If the new person happens to harbor all the characteristics of the old, then we turn and look to the heavens and ask God WHY? What have we done to deserve this?
    In any case, my machinery keeps rolling….

  2. I just read that the African Union suspended Guinea from participation in its activities because of the coup (check this link). Anyone know what’s the status now?

  3. Deja vu indeed, Nelima.
    One thing I know many Guineans are hopeful. Though I suspect it’s more because of what Cyril is hinting at.

    My sister and her husband were there when it all went down. And as one will suspect I was scared shitless; for them,, for the rest of my family. But from talking to them then, and now that they are back, the people are happy, optimistic and hopeful. I thank God there was no blood shed. Though if it continues down the same path as in 1984, that might come very shortly as Mr. Camera attempts to solidify his control.

    I am holding judgement at least for a while. If not before, then until the two years promised come, and if they deliver as promised then hallelujah we have our own Tejane Toure of Mali. On the other hand, if Captain Camara as much as try to “run” then ladies and gentleman it’s time for Guineans to scream FAUL. In this case, I hope my brothers and sisters are ready and willing to put their lives on the line and collectively say NEVER AGAIN shall we wait a single year for our salvation!

  4. Amen IBE!! Amen!!

    James, the African Union is full of spineless, self-centered usurpers!! They prefer only members from their secret demonic cult to get in the position where Capt. Moussa Camara is! Of course they’ll suspend him!

  5. Now ECOWAS suspends Guinea.

    (PANA)-Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ended their extraordinary summit on Guinea in Abuja, Nigeria, on Saturday, by rejecting a military-led transition in Guinea and barring the country’s military leaders from attending meetings of all decision-making bodies of the Community, in accordance with the provision of the 2001 regional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

    The principles enshrined in the Protocol, which are subscribed to by all the member States, calls for zero tolerance for power obtained or maintained by unconstitutional means and requires that accession to power should only be through free, fair and transparent elections. The summit urged the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) to take immediate steps to restore constitutional order and resolved to remain engaged with Guinea, in order to ensure the early restoration of the country to constitutional order.

    Read the rest of the article here.

  6. Constitution? What constitution? That so called constitution is not worth the paper it is written on. That’s the same piece of paper Lansana Conte re-wrote and re-wrote whenever he felt the need. If they (AU, ECOWAS, blah blah) sat by and watched him do it, where do they get off demanding it be followed now?

    I’m not a fan of military rule, but gaddamit following that piece of crap of a constitution is no better alternative. It will surely mean a continuation of the corrupt, enept and dividing leadership Guineans have had to put up with for the past 24 years. Enough is enough! Yes, we don’t know what Captain Camara is up to, but my God we know what the old regime was (and will be) up to. Anything but that!

    I think AU and ECOWAS should get off their unearned white horses and give the man a chance!

  7. Isn’t it amazing how these so-called African leaders can mobilize so rapidly in “some” situations as opposed to other situations?
    When Conte was in power for 24 years, nobody said sh*t about constitution and “free and fair elections” and democracy”! Biya has ruled for 26 years! Omar Bongo is there! Obiang Nguema is still there!
    Take a look at the senile bastards talking even, now all of a sudden it is “unconstitutional” to come to power through a military coup? Stupid hypocrite monkeys! They make me sick!

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