Welcome to Ghana Pundit: The Home of Politics and Intelligent Analysis


Grab the widget  Tech Dreams

Insist on Your Right to Education

Uneducated citizenry is like a pitch any game can be played on it. Illiteracy is what has given the politicians in Ghana the chance to fool so many people for so a long a time.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Guinea president 'favourable' after head surgery

Guinea President Moussa Dadis Camara
Capt Camara seized power in a coup a year ago

Guinea's military leader is in a "favourable" condition after surgery following an attempted assassination, doctors treating him in Morocco say.

President Moussa Dadis Camara was flown from Guinea for surgery on his head, although the extent of his injuries has not been officially disclosed.

Doctors said they are no longer concerned about his condition.

Meanwhile, a West African regional grouping has called for an immediate return to civilian rule in Guinea.

Vice-President Sekouba Konate is temporarily in charge of the country.

The president was shot by an aide in a firefight between rival factions of Guinea's army. Two other people died.

Born 1964 in far south-east
Seized power in December 2008 as a little-known army captain
Promised democracy but then showed signs of holding onto power
Increasingly erratic behaviour and public humiliation of officials
Has pledged to tackle drugs traffickers
Initially blamed "uncontrollable" military elements for September 28 killings

The call by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) confirms the position taken soon after soldiers opened fire on an opposition demonstration on 28 September, killing 150 people.

Lt Abubakar Diakite, the aide who allegedly shot Capt Camara, remains on the run.

Lt Diakite, commonly known as Toumba, is not only suspected of trying to kill Capt Dadis Camara but attempting a coup d'etat.

That has not materialised and the military government in power for nearly a year appears to be holding firm despite the clear divisions demonstrated by Thursday's confrontation, the BBC's West Africa correspondent Caspar Leighton reports.

Speaking to the BBC, diplomatic sources have expressed hope that the shuffling of cards prompted by the absence of Capt Camara might create some movement in Guinea's political log-jam, especially if he is facing a convalescence of any length, our correspondent adds.

Mediation between the military government and the civilian opposition has so far stalled because of intransigence on both sides.

Guinea is supposed to be holding a presidential election at the end of January and the opposition wants a civilian-run transitional government until then.

The military insists on heading any transitional authority and Capt Dadis Camara has seemed keen to run for president.


No comments:

Ghana Pundit Headline News

E-mail subscription

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Pan Africa News

Graphic Ghana


Peacefm Online - News with a vision

The Times - World News

The Times - Africa News

Pambazuka News :Emerging powers in Africa Watch

AfricaNews - RSS News

The Zimbabwe Telegraph

BBC News | Africa | World Edition

Modern Ghana

My Blog List