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Guinea Swears in New Prime Minister

Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly VersionSend to a FriendSend to a FriendAt his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Guinea's new Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, promised to restructure the army and hold elections. Jean-Marie Dore assumed office as Guinea's new interim prime minister.  Outgoing Prime Minister Kabine Komara spoke at the ceremony. Mr. Komara asked his successor to consider restructuring Guinea's army.  He also spoke of the need to hold free and fair elections and to address Guinea's unemployment. Mr. Dore assumed his post after vowing to work with the country's interim president, General Sekouba Konate.  The two men are expected to establish a transitional government and hold elections within the next six months. At the swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Dore said his top priorities are to organize elections and restructure the army. Guinea's armed forces have come under international scrutiny, after soldiers attacked civilians during a demonstration in Conakry last September.  More than 150 people were reported to have been killed. Last month, the United Nations issued a report that said Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who was the ruling military leader at the time, should be held responsible for the violence. Captain Camara took power in a bloodless coup after the death of longtime ruler Lansana Conte in December 2008. Captain Camara had vowed not to run in future elections.  But late last year, tensions in the country began to mount, as it looked like the Mr. Camara would run for president.  Late last year, he was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt by his aide-de camp.  He is recovering in neighboring Burkina Faso. Earlier this month, Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore mediated an agreement between Captain Camara and Mr. Konate to appoint Mr. Dore as prime minister of the interim government.  The deal states that members of the transitional government will not be allowed to run in the country's upcoming elections.  But Mr. Dore says that was merely a proposal.