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Conte agrees to appoint new premier

Conte agrees to appoint new premier

Guinea's embattled president has agreed to appoint a new prime minister with boosted powers, officials said Friday, announcing a deal that could end a two-week strike that left at least 60 dead.
Guinea President Lansana Conte agreed to create the post via presidential decree, said Conakry Archbishop Vincent Gomez, who was part of a commission set up to submit a proposal to the president detailing the new prime minister's powers as head of government.
Conte has ruled Guinea since taking power in a 1984 military coup. If he appoints a new prime minister, it will mark the first time the impoverished West African nation has had a premier since April 2006, when Conte fired Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo.
Guinea is legally ruled under a presidential system without a prime ministerial post, but Conte has appointed three in the past, relying on articles of the constitution that give him the power to cede power to others. Most prime ministers have been exceptionally weak, however, and critics argue the country is ruled solely by him and is likely to continue to be.
Under Friday's deal, the prime minister would for the first time have the power to appoint and fire ministers as well as ambassadors and others in top governmental posts. But Conte would still retain the power to name or fire the new premier.
Inflation, unemployment and nationwide electricity and water shortages have fueled anger against Conte's regime.


Updated : 2021-08-02 05:37 GMT+08:00