Guinea's Power Struggle

Discussion in 'Politics' started by KenH, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. KenH

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    May 18, 2002
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    Q&A: Guinea's power struggle

    Guinea is in the midst of power struggle following the death of its president, 74-year-old Lansana Conte, on Monday night.

    The West African nation is a leading exporter of bauxite, but most of its people live on less than $1 a day.

    What is happening in Guinea?

    Army officers seized power once Mr Conte, who had ruled Guinea for 24 years after taking over in a coup, died after a long illness.

    Within hours of his death, an announcement on state radio said the army had dissolved the government.

    Troops and tanks were sent on to the streets, manning roadblocks. But there has been no violence and the country is reported to be calm. However, the prime minister insists the government is still in control.

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  2. billwald

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    Jun 28, 2000
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    TRuth, the majority of the human race doesn't care if black people in Africa kill and starve other black people in Africa. A million people in the Congo have been murdered in the last couple of years. If 100 people were murdered in Ireland there would be protest marches in Boston and NYC.

    The economic lesson of the situation is that an abundance of raw materials in a nation only helps the masters, never the working people. The small countries with the least raw materials have the highest standard of living for the working people - South Korea, TaiWan, Sweden, Finland, Norway even before the North Sea oil . . . .

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