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Lansana Kouyate is Guinea’s New PM

By  | 27 February 2007 at 20:30 | 1084 views

Guinea’s new Prime Minister, Lansana Kouyate(photo), and his wife arrived in Conakry this afternoon to a rousing welcome, according to two Guinean newspapers,Le Diplomate Guinee and Guinee News.

Kouyate, a former ECOWAS Executive Secretary replaces Eugene Camara, whose recent appointment by president Lansana Conte sparked huge riots and a massive loss of lives and property.

Sierra Leoneans would recall that Lansana Kouyate, as Ecowas scribe in 1997, supervised the ill-fated Conakry peace talks between the SLPP government in exile and the AFRC junta. ECOMOG launched the first attack to oust the junta a few days after he visited Freetown.

Kouyate, who arrived in an Ivorian presidential jet, was welcomed at Gbessia airport by former Prime Minister Eugene Camara and other dignitaries before being driven in a white Toyota Corolla to meet president Lansana Conte.Thousands of Conakry residents lined the streets to catch a glimpse of him.

Photo credit: Le Diplomate Guinee.