- Guinean military junta leader, Captain Moussa ‘Dadis’ Camara may be excused from the daily headaches of running a government and dodging bullets, at least for now. But, he may still have to come back to answer a few questions related to last September massacre of civilians at the Conakry stadium.
The country’s transitional government was appointed yesterday to help restore constitutional order and return to democratic rule, meaning the soldiers can go back to the tents and deal with only what is expected of them.
But, as seen by political analysts in the region, the human rights questions still hanging may slow down the democratic processes or even totally halt the shift.
A new team to lead government was announced by the interim Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore, with a 34-member line-up selected to the task.
Mr Dore, who has committed to ensure that elections are held within six months, was appointed last month by the army’s second in charge, General Sekouba Konate, who has been holding fort since Capt Camara was taken out of the country for treatment, following an attempted assassination. He is currently still in Burkina Faso, where is said to be recovering well.
The new interim government, with members selected both from the civilian and military ranks, has also been tasked with the transformation of the armed forces as well as the general well-being of the country.
Guinea, which is the world's largest exporter of bauxite, has been forced into a political and constitutional crisis since December 2008 when the army took over power following the death of the long time dictator Lasane Conte.
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