Guinea junta leader appoints civilian prime minister

Africa

Guinea’s military leader has named former civilian servant Mohamed Beavogui as prime minister to oversee transition to civilian rule following the military coup last month.

68-year-old Beavogui is an expert in agricultural finance. He is related to Diallo Tellia – who is a former Guinean diplomat who served as the first secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity.

The appointment of Beavogui was announced on Wednesday in a decree road on public television. The leader of the coup Col Mamady Doumboya was last Friday sworn in as the interim president.

Doumbouya is barred from contesting future elections under plans to restore civilian rule. He promised to organise free, credible and transparent elections but did not say when.

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