Monday, December 29, 2008

[Guinean news] Top generals sacked; mining activity suspended

As of: 8:54 AM EST -- 1:54 PM Guinean time

Rumors of a generational split within the Guinean army appear to have been validated yesterday as the new CNDD junta forced 22 senior army officers into retirement. Most notable among them was army chief of staff Gen. Diarra Camara, who was a strong opponent of the coup when it was launched, even taking to the international airwaves to denounce the action. Self-declared president and junta leader Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, who is 44, said that all the senior officers in question had reached the mandatory retirement age and would 'be appointed to other senior positions at a later date.'

Additionally, Capt. Camara announced the suspension of activities in Guinea's lucrative mining sector and demanded the renegotiation of contracts between mining companies and the government. "In the mineral zones, there will be no more extraction until further noticed," declared the head of state.

The junta leader also announced a hard line stance against state corruption.

In a widely expected move, the African Union has suspended Guinea's membership in the organization 'until the return of constitutional order in that country.'

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