Tuesday, February 06, 2007

[Guinean news] Unions threaten to re-start general strike

While the general strike has been suspended, uncertainty continues to reign in Guinea.

Last week, the head of state Gen. Lansana Conté signed a decree defining the expanded powers of the post of prime minister. This was in accordance with agreement between the regime and the unions that ended the 18-day general strike in which 59 people were killed.

Conté agreed to name as prime minister 'a high-ranking competent civilian, with integrity.'

However the head of state has not yet actually named anyone to fill the post in the week and a half since the end of the labor action.

This has not gone unnoticed by the unions. The labor collective has threatened re-start mass protests if a new prime minister is not named by February 12.

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