Opposition excluded from Guinea’s new government

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iol pic afr guinea vote politics AFP Guinea's President Alpha Conde. File picture: Cellou Binani

Conakry -

Guinea's president, Alpha Condé, late on Monday issued a decree forming a new government keeping in place his prime minister and over half the cabinet members, but excluding any opposition figure.

Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana - who was reinstated on Saturday despite resigning just three days earlier - will continue to head the 34-minister government, the decree said.

Nineteen ministers will stay on, either in their previous portfolios or swapping to different ones, but another 15 have been booted out and replaced with new faces.

The decree comes in the wake of September 28 polls that gave Conde's Rally of the Guinean People (RGP) and its junior partners an absolute majority in the parliament, which began sitting last week.

The elections, while criticised by the opposition and international observers as flawed, were meant to be part of the West African nation's return to democracy following years of unrest.

Fofana, who has held the premiership for the past three years, had been quoted last week in a presidential statement that he and his government were stepping down.

But Condé said in a decree broadcast on Saturday on state television that Fofana would be reassuming his post, without giving any further details.

The election had been delayed numerous times since the country's first-ever democratic poll in 2010, stoking deadly ethnic tensions that have dogged Guinean politics since independence. - Sapa-AFP


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