Junta forms new government

The leader of December's military coup, Moussa Dadis Camara, named a new government two weeks after appointing Kabine Komara, a former banking executive, as prime minister. The government includes civilians.


REUTERS - Guinea's military ruler named a government that included civilians on Wednesday, three weeks after seizing power in a coup following the death of long-time authoritarian President Lansana Conte, state TV reported.

Moussa Dadis Camara, the young army captain who seized power last month, named a government of around 30 ministers including both military and civilian figures, the TV station reported in its evening news bulletin.

Former banker Mahmoud Thiam was named as mines minister for the West African country, which is the world's top exporter of the aluminium ore bauxite with around 30 percent of known global reserves.

Camara's ruling junta, the self-styled National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD), had already named members Mamadouba Toto Camara as security minister, and Sekouba Konate as defence minister attached to Camara's presidency.

On Dec. 30, the junta had also appointed Kabine Komara, a former banking executive, as prime minister. The government announced on Wednesday was named at Komara's request, the television said.

The new government announced on Wednesday included around 10 military personnel, including Captain Mamadou Sande, who was named economy and finance minister attached to the presidency.

Junta member Colonel Mathurin Bangoura became minister for telecommunications and information technology.

Camara and the CNDD seized power in Guinea on Dec. 23 following the death of Conte, who had ruled since 1984.

The junta initially promised elections in 2010, although President Abdoulaye Wade of neighbouring Senegal, who endorsed the coup leaders, has suggested polls could be held earlier.

Former colonial ruler France's secretary of state for cooperation, Alain Joyandet, said during a visit to Guinea last week that Camara had agreed to hold polls within 12 months.


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