Friday, January 19, 2007

Neighboring Guinea in Turmoil

This is like, day 10 of street protests, and the BBC says 4 people have been killed. President Conte has been in office for 22 years. The trade unions are the main engines of resisitance, and reportedly Conte threatened the union leaders' lives in a private meeting yesterday. Neighboring Liberia doesn't need this!

One diplomat, who asked not to be named, said the situation did not look hopeful. "We don't feel we're heading for a quick end to this crisis. We have the impression that the people are determined to obtain something concrete... they don't want any more promises," they told Reuters. The strikers were also angered at the alleged involvement of President Conte in securing the release of two men, including Guinea's richest man Mamadou Sylla, accused of corruption. Last year, Guinea was ranked by Transparency International as the most corrupt country in Africa.


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