Thursday, December 25, 2008

[Guinean news] Military seizure of power complete

As of 10:40 PM EST -- 3:40 AM Friday Guinean time

The military coup d'Etat following the death of Gen. Lansana Conté appears to have succeeded.

Most major news outlets, including Radio France Internationale and the BBC, have reported that the civilian government have conceded control of the country to the new military junta, CNDD.

A widely circulated photo shored a smiling handshake between the prime minister Ahmed Tidiane Souaré and the CNDD leader Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara. Ministers presented themselves to the military Camp Alpha Yaya Diallo after being ordered to by the junta, under threat of punishment.

Camara, the de facto new head of state, reiterated his claim that the junta had 'no ambitions to power' and would only run the country until Dec. 2010, what would have been the end of Lansana Conté's present term.

Ibrahima Fofana, secretary general of the increasingly influential USTG trade union collective, called for a national unity government.

Today, the CNDD issued a series of communiqués calling for meetings with political parties and with representatives of international institutions as well as declaring Dec. 26 a national paid holiday, on the occasion of the funeral for Gen. Conté.

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