Guinea junta suspends finance minister

Guinea's military rulers said on Saturday they have suspended the finance minister.

Guinea junta suspends finance minister

"The President of the Republic decrees that Captain Mamadou Sande, Minister for Finance and Economy, has been suspended until further notice," Captain Mandjou Dioubate, a spokesman for the military government, said on state television.

Dioubate gave no reason for the suspension. A senior official in the Finance Ministry said he was not aware of the reason.

Sande's suspension follows the arrest in late January of three officers within the junta who were accused of plotting to destabilise the new administration.

The National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) junta, which seized power in a December coup after the death of President Lansana Conte, announced late on Friday that it would hold elections before the end of 2009.

Opposition parties and civil society organisations welcomed the announcement but called on Saturday for the junta to hold both parliamentary and presidential elections this year and end a ban on political parties organising any events.

The country has been suspended from both the West African bloc ECOWAS and the African Union, which prevented junta representatives taking full part in its summit meeting in Addis Ababa this week.

Last Mod: 08 Şubat 2009, 12:32
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