The new prime minister of Guinea, Lansana Kouyaté, has denied rumors of interference from the head of state, Gen. Lansana Conté.
Kouyaté, who came to power after an accord between the government and striking trade unions, has yet to name the 18 cabinet ministers who will comprise his government. The former executive secretary of the West African economic community denied that the delay in naming a government was due to obstruction on the part of Gen. Conté.
The last two prime ministers of Guinea have left office (one was sacked, another quit and fled the country amid reported death threats) complaining that their reformist agendas were obstructed by Conté and his powerful entourage.
Kouyaté was sworn in as prime minister on March 1.