Guinea junta names former civil servant Beavogui as prime minister

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CONAKRY, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Guinea’s navy junta on Wednesday named Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and skilled in agricultural finance, as prime minister to preside over a promised transition again to democratic rule following a coup in September.

Beavogui, 68, can also be the nephew of Diallo Telli, a celebrated Guinean diplomat who served as the primary secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity, the predecessor to the African Union, and was killed by the regime of dictator Sekou Touré in 1977.

Beavogui, whose nomination was introduced in a decree learn on nationwide tv, will oversee a transition whose exact contours have but to be outlined.

Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, chief of the Sept. 5 putsch towards President Alpha Conde, was inaugurated as interim president final Friday. He promised to organise free and clear elections however didn’t say when. learn extra

The coup towards Conde was the fourth in West and Central Africa since final yr, following two putsches in Mali and one in Chad. He angered his opponents by altering the structure to permit himself to face for a 3rd time period.

West African states, fearing a contagion impact throughout the area, agreed final month to impose sanctions on junta members and their family. learn extra

In the Nineteen Eighties, Beavogui labored as a civil servant and on the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG), one of many nation’s main producers of bauxite. Guinea possesses the world’s largest reserves of the aluminium ore.

He later labored for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and, extra lately, as director basic of African Risk Capacity, an African Union company that helps governments plan for pure disasters.

Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by David Gregorio