Guinea PM appoints new government

None of the new cabinet members served in previous administration led by president.

    Prime Minister Kouyate has assumed the power to appoint and dismiss ministers [Reuters]

    "If this government fails to bring change, we will throw them out, just as we threw the last government in the trash can of history"

    Mariama Penda Diallo, CNTG-USTG union

    Mariama Penda Diallo, an executive member of the CNTG-USTG union, said: "We know we can count on this new government to change things. In any case, nothing will be as it was.
     
    "If this government fails to bring change, we will throw them out, just as we threw the last government in the trash can of history."
     
    Independent leader
     
    Conte seized power in a 1984 coup and has ruled the country since then, vested with powers to appoint and dismiss ministers.
     
    Under the terms of the recent deal, Conte agreed to appoint an independent prime minister who would assume those powers.
     
    Guinea's unions have held nationwide strikes in recent months calling for the president to step down.
     
    In January, a strike turned bloody after security forces opened fire on demonstrators and killed dozens, prompting Conte to make the deal.
     
    He appointed Kouyate as prime minister from a list approved by the opposition.
     
    Kouyate, in a televised address to the nation, said: "This is a government dedicated to public service, guided by integrity, efficiency, the well-being of all and the principles of democracy."
     
    He added that "justice and respect for the rule of law" will guide his administration, "as justice is the basis of harmony".

    SOURCE: Agencies


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