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25 years of undisputed rule

Latest update : 2008-12-26

Brought to power in coup d'état in 1984, Lansana Conte would preside over the destinies of Guineans for nearly a quarter of a century. Following are significant dates marking the rule of Conte, who died December 22, 2008 at the age of 74.

REUTERS - Here is a timeline since Guinea gained independence from France.

Oct. 1958 - Guinea becomes independent, with Ahmed Sekou Toure as its first president.

1965 - Sekou Toure breaks off relations with France after accusing it of trying to oust him.

Jan. 1979 - The country is renamed the People's Revolutionary Republic of Guinea.

March 1984 - Sekou Toure dies. In April, the army seizes power and Col. Lansana Conte becomes president.

July 1985 - Former prime minister Diarra Traore fails to seize power in coup attempt. He is later executed.

Dec. 1990 - In a referendum, 99 per cent of Guinea's voters endorse a new constitution to end one-party military rule.

Dec. 1993 - Conte wins Guinea's first multi-party election, but opposition cries foul after some results are cancelled.

Feb. 1996 - Up to 40 people killed in army pay mutiny that becomes a rebellion against Conte. Conte, captured by the mutineers is released and raises salaries for troops.

Dec. 1998 - Conte re-elected in a vote held after the arrest of his main challenger, Alpha Conde, for sedition.

Nov. 2001 - Referendum changes constitution to lift limit on serving two presidential terms which would have forced Conte to retire in 2003. Opposition rejects result as rigged.

Dec. 2003 - Conte re-elected.

Jan. 2005 - Dissident soldiers attempt to assassinate Conte as he drives through Conakry, the country's capital.

Feb. 2007 - Conte appoints Lansana Kouyate as prime minister after general strike and protests in which over 180 were killed.

May 2007 - Army protests leave at least 10 civilians dead. Conte sacks some senior commanders.

May 2008 - Several people are killed in army pay revolt that followed dismissal of Kouyate. Government pays salary arrears.

Dec. 23, 2008 - Government announces Conte's death. Group of soldiers attempt coup.


Date created : 2008-12-26