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Yearbook 1997

Guinea. Three Belgian citizens arrested in April accused of planning a coup against President Lansana Conté. The Belgian state considered the arrest illegal and closed its consulates in the country in protest.

In June, four members of the opposition party Rassemblement Populaire Guiné (RPG) were imprisoned. for instigating riots. They were sentenced to two years in prison.

According to Countryaah, the President implemented a series of changes in the government during October and November. Among other things, resigned Interior Minister Dorank Assifat Diasseny, who took up the post of defense minister instead.

1997 Guinea

In early 2007, extensive demonstrations and strikes erupted in protest of rising living costs, government corruption and lack of financial management of the country. The demonstrations cost 60 killed, growing to the most extensive threat to the president during his reign. On January 27, he was forced to enter into an agreement with the trade union movement to lower the price of rice and fuel, as well as insert a "consensus" prime minister to be assigned to some of the president's powers. On February 13, Conté then appointed Eugene Camara as prime minister. However, the trade union movement regarded him as a close ally of Conté and thus a violation of the January 27 agreement. It immediately triggered new demonstrations. The death toll passed 100 and the president declared the country in military state of emergency. 26th On February, Conté was forced to appoint Lansana Kouyaté as new prime minister. The trade union movement had given the president a list to choose from, and the election fell on Kouyaté, a career diplomat and former secretary general of the West African Common Market. In his accession speech, Kouyaté called for peace, reconciliation and common edification of the nation.

However, the situation was marked by continued tensions between the president and the prime minister. In December 2007, Conté issued a decree restructuring the ministries and shifting power from the prime minister's office to the president's secretary general. On January 3, 2008, Conté fired communications minister and government spokesman Justin Morel without consulting with the prime minister. Kouyaté demanded the day after Morel was reinstated and the trade union movement threatened a general strike from January 10. However, Kouyaté stated that he preferred to resolve the crisis through dialogue with the president, and on January 9, the trade union movement withdrew the strike threat.

In May 2008, Conté surprisingly replaced Kouyaté at the Prime Minister's post with Ahmed Tidiane Souaré. Kouyaté had been extremely unpopular and therefore the change of power did not cause any unrest.

 

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