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Protest in parts of Guinea after new premier named

Protests erupted in some parts of Guinea on Saturday after President Lansana Conte named an old ally as prime minister, a move intended to avert another crippling general strike. One union leader said Conte’s nomination late on Friday of Eugene Camara, a senior member of his ruling party and former minister in charge of presidential affairs, was not enough to call off a nationwide stoppage planned from Monday. “We asked for a clean prime minister. Instead of that we get an old man from the old guard who is too close to the current power structure,” said Louis Mbemba Soumah, secretary-general of the SNECG teachers’ union. Full Story

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