Guinea: No more power based on ethnicity

By on November 25, 2010
Alpha Condé had experienced exile, lived in France for years, was sentenced to death in 1970 and has endured two years and half in prison.

In the opinion of those who know Alpha Condé, he is “the man of commitment”. After a chaotic election, but undeniably democratic for the first time in the country’s history, Alpha Condé, the 72 years old, will soon take the reins of Guinea-Conakry. His accession to the presidency of Guinea, inhabited by 10 million inhabitants, has yet to be proclaimed by the Supreme Court of Guinea. He is Muslim and proud of his course entirely devoted to politics. This pan-Africanist, and after half a century of political struggle, deemed incorruptible, intends to democratize his country and promised a government of national unity. But the challenges are immense and Guinea is in ruins, while it could be one of the richest countries in Africa. His motto is held in three words: the will the imagination and dignity. Alpha Condé intends to work towards improving the living conditions of most Guineans, but he has also to restructure the military and key government offices – budget, health, education and justice, restore order in the critical area of mining sector and promote a new agricultural development policy. To do so and tackle all these pending tasks, Alpha Condé is committed to establishing a national unity government, but for now, Cellou Dalein Diallo dismissed the outstretched hand, accusing Alpha Condé of having fuelled ethnicity and political violence.

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