Friday, February 09, 2007

New Guinean prime minister named but rejected by unions. General strike to resume?

According to Guinéenews, Guinean head of state Gen. Lansana Conté has named Eugene Camara as the country's new prime minister and head of government.

The announcement occurred as the powerful labor unions' alliance threatened to re-launch a general strike if a new prime minister was not named by Monday February 12.

The BBC warned that even if a new prime minister was named, a lot would depend on whether the unions accepted the impartiality of the choice. Camara is the current minister for presidential affairs.

Initial signs were not good. A union spokesman told Guinéenews that "It's incredible. Really, it's an insult to the Guinean people."

Another major union also rejected Camara and invited "citizens to mobilize today more than before to call for change."

The BBC also reported that students rioted in the cities of Dinguaraiye and Coyah.

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