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Zuma to attend Conde inauguration

2010-12-20 11:08

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Republic of Guinea's president-elect Alpha Conde, his office said on Monday.

Presidency spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Zuma would be accompanied by Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for Tuesday's occasion.

The inauguration follows an election in June contested by 24 candidates.

A subsequent "run off" between Conde, a former professor at the Sorbonne in Paris and the leader of the opposition, and Cellou Dalein Diallo, the former prime minister, on November 15, led to Conde being declared the winner in provisional results.

Diallo claimed fraud, and civil unrest ensued in the former French colony on Africa's west coast, leading to a number of deaths and the declaration of a state of emergency.

On December 01, the Supreme Court confirmed Conde as the winner in the election, regarded by many as the country's first democratic poll.

The country had been under an interim government since January, following a coup in 2008.

The African Union lifted sanctions against Guinea after the results were confirmed by the court.

Zuma would convey the congratulations of the government and people of South Africa.

Comments
  • bill - 2010-12-20 11:50

    Flathead should stay here and solve his own problems instead of wasting money.He won't be able to converse intellegently with the professor anyway.

  • Treborani - 2010-12-20 12:07

    Puma se Zoes...... wasting our tax money on yet another piss-up

  • AJ - 2010-12-20 12:20

    Absolute waste - government private jet, catering, entourage, transport on other side, 5 star hotel, security detail. If it were up to me, I'd send an email myself, have my ambassador represent us (which shock horror is their actual JOB) and save a bloody fortune.

  • ir8m8 - 2010-12-20 15:07

    so as the children of SA get raped and murdered...our top man has a party. Viva ANC, VIVA!!!, we will rule because the masses are to thick to see us for who we really are.

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