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Alpha Conde names key ministers

2010-12-28 12:10

Conakry - Guinea's new President Alpha Conde late on Monday named his choice for some key ministries, including assigning to himself responsibility for the defence portfolio.

"We are going to form the government in stages, one part will be presented today, the rest in the coming days," Conde said on public radio and television.

"I want to assure everyone: the institutions are going to be put in place in stages, there will be no witch hunt, we are going to lead the country in peace and tranquillity for the good of all Guineans," he said.

He has decided to keep banker Kerfala Yansane as head of the ministry of economy and finance, a post he has held since January in the transition government in place before the November elections.

For the foreign ministry post, he named an unknown figure, Edouard Gnakoye Lamah.

Conde had earlier named as prime minister Mohamed Said Fofana, a little-known economist who had previously held senior management positions in the trade and industry ministry.

"To show the degree to which I take the army's situation to heart, I myself will take care of the defence ministry, with a deputy minister," he said.

In handling the defence portfolio Conde, will thus succeed General Sekouba Konate who ran the country's interim administration from January, overseeing the transition from military rule to democracy.

Conde defeated Cellou Dalein Diallo in a run-off poll on November 7 to become the first democratically elected head of state in Guinea.

The country has endured a series of despotic or authoritarian regimes since independence from France in 1958.