Friday, February 09, 2007

[Guinean news] Prime minister named but unions unimpressed. General strike to resume?

According to Guinéenews, Guinean head of state Gen. Lansana Conté has named Eugene Camara as the country's new prime minister and head of government.

The announcement occurred as the powerful labor unions' alliance threatened to re-launch a general strike if a new prime minister was not named by Monday February 12.

The BBC warned that even if a new prime minister was named, a lot would depend on whether the unions accepted the impartiality of the choice. Camara is the current minister for presidential affairs.

The BBC also reported that students rioted in the cities of Dinguaraiye and Coyah.

Update: A union spokesman told Guinéenews that "It's incredible. Really, it's an insult to the Guinean people" and that he'd wait until a meeting of the unions' collective before determing what further action to take.

Another major union also rejected the choice of Camara and invited "citizens to mobilize today more than before to call for change."

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