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Guinea's Interim Prime Minister Wants New Government This Week

Ricci Shryock | Dakar 20 January 2010

Guinea's opposition leaders have chosen Jean-Marie Dore to be the prime minister of the country's transitional government. Now that acting junta leader Sekouba Konate has returned to Guinea, Mr. Dore says the transitional government can be formed within days.

Guinea's ruling military junta has agreed to form a transitional government with the opposition party's appointed prime minister, Mr. Dore.

Tuesday, acting junta-commander General Sekouba Konate returned to the capital, Conakry, after spending time in Burkina Faso working out a deal with recovering military leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who was injured in an assassination attempt last month.

General Konate must put in place a 101-member transitional authority that he will lead alongside Mr. Dore.

Mr. Dore says he looks forward to naming the transitional government this week.

"During the next days, the government will be formed, and we start the work," Dore said.

Mr. Dore says he and other opposition members will work to hold elections in Guinea within the next six months, setting the likely election date in June.

"The function of a transitional government is to make the election a fair election," said Mr. Dore, the leader of the opposition Union for the Progress of Guinea party.

In a nationwide address to show his support for the transitional authority, Captain Camara called for all Guineans to support General Konate and asked soldiers to set aside personal considerations and ethnicity.

Junta-leader Camara came to power in December of 2008 after staging a bloodless coup hours after the death of longtime strongman ruler Lansana Conte.

Mr. Camara was shot in the head by the former head of the presidential guard. After being flown to Morocco for treatment, he is now recovering in Burkina Faso.

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