Guinea junta's No. 2 to visit wounded leader in Morocco

Guinea's interim leader and Defence Minister Konate will travel to Morocco to visit wounded junta chief Captain Camara, the government said.

Guinea junta's No. 2 to visit wounded leader in Morocco

Guinea's interim leader and Defence Minister Sekouba Konate will travel to Morocco on Monday to visit wounded junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, the government said.

Camara has been undergoing medical treatment in Rabat since early December when rogue elements of his own military attempted to kill him, casting doubt over whether he will return to the leadership of the West African mining powerhouse.

"General Sekouba Konate will make a visit for the sake of courtesy and consultations Monday, December 28, in Morocco," Commander Mandjou Dioubate, a government spokesman, said on state television late on Sunday.

Guinea is the world's largest producer of the aluminium ore bauxite and considered a lynchpin of stability in a region still recovering from three civil wars.

A police official on Monday said Konate intended to use the trip to get a reliable assessment of Camara's health after a flurry of conflicting reports.

"Konate wants to go in person to see how the president is doing," the police official said on condition of anonymity.

Camara was shot in the head Dec. 3 by former aide de camp Aboubacar Diakite, who is still on the run. Junta officials have said Camara's condition is not severe but other sources have said his condition is grave.

Konate took over after Camara was evacuated for medical treatment and has led a violent purge of rogue elements in the military and a pursuit of Diakite, reportedly still in the country with an entourage of loyal soldiers.

Camara took power in a bloodless coup in December 2008 and drew broad international condemnation and sanctions after gunmen killed and raped scores of people protesting against his rule on Sept. 28.

Reuters
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