Monday, December 22, 2008
[Guinean news] Lansana Conté dead at 74
The BBC and Guinéenews are reporting that the Guinean head of state Gen. Lansana Conté has died at the age of 74. He had been long ill with diabetes. The announcement was made by Aboubacar Somparé, president of the National Assembly. As such, Somparé would become acting president under the constitution until elections could be organized within 60 days. The government has declared 45 days of national mourning.