French official visits Guinea to meet military junta
A French official will travel to Guinea to meet the ruling military junta.
A French official will travel to Guinea on Saturday to meet the ruling military junta and the civilian prime minister to discuss the organisation of elections in the first half of the year.
The National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) took control of the West Africa bauxite exporter last month on the death of President Lansana Conte.
Alain Joyandet, France's secretary of state for cooperation, will meet with Kabine Komara, the banker named by the junta to the post of prime minister on Tuesday. He will also meet members of the junta, political parties and civil society.
Joyandet's office said the purpose of his visit was "to consider the terms of a democratic transition and notably the organisation of free and fair elections as quickly as possible - during the first half of 2009."
The CNDD's leader, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, has said he will not seek election to the presidency.
Analysts say power remains concentrated in the hands of the military, and a key test of the CNDD's adherence to its rhetoric of reform will be the speed with which elections are organised.
Reuters Last Mod: 02 Ocak 2009, 18:24