Guinea Junta Names Development Veteran Mohamed Beavogui Prime Minister
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Thu 07th October 2021 | 09:10 AM
Conakry, Oct 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Oct, 2021 ) :Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who claimed power in Guinea following a September 5 military coup, on Wednesday named development veteran Mohamed Beavogui prime minister in a decree read on public television.
Beavogui, 68, has had a prestigious career with international organisations including the UN, but has no national government experience -- potentially distancing him from the Guinean political infighting of recent years.
The son of a diplomat, the engineering graduate is an expert in agricultural development financing and risk management.
Doumbouya earlier this month promised to respect the country's international commitments while transitioning to civilian rule as he was sworn in as interim president.
He had led the overthrow of president Alpha Conde on September 5.
The new interim president spoke of his "commitment" that neither he nor any member of the junta would stand in any future elections that the military has promised to organise after the transition period.
His administration's mission, he said, was to "refound the state" by drafting a new constitution, fighting corruption, reforming the electoral system and then organising "free, credible and transparent" elections.
He also announced the creation of a body to fight corruption.
The deposed leader is being held at an undisclosed location.
The putschists took control in just a few hours with the media reporting that between 12 and 20 people lost their lives.
The move sparked mass demonstrations in which dozens of protesters were killed. Conde won re-election but the political opposition maintained the poll was a sham.