According to reports coming out of Rabat, the Capital of Morocco, the government has politely turned down requests by the American government to arrest and detain Guinean President Dadis Camara who is in the country for medical treatment as a result of a gunshot wound to his head. A powerful U.S. delegation was dispatched to Morocco to try and persuade the Kingdom’s government to prevent the junta leader from leaving the country after his medical treatment is complete. But the Moroccan government keen not be seen as interfering in the domestic affairs of another country turned down the demand. There may have also been the fear in Morocco that by accepting U.S. demands it would play into terrorists minds who may start looking at Morocco as sympathetic to U.S. policy.
Morocco has managed to maintain a terror free atmosphere in its country despite occasional random attacks by undefined groups. The U.S. delegation also held meetings with Guinea’s Acting President, Sekouba Konate, who was also in Morocco to assess Dadis Camara’s condition. The delegation pressured Konate into calling for early elections in six months time and demanded that he reached out to the opposition and invite them to nominate someone as Prime Minister. It is understood that the decision of the opposition appointing a Prime Minister was the recommendation of the Moroccan government who in an attempt not to anger the U.S. government after denying the request to arrest Camara, offered that as a compromise. The Moroccan administration has been moving steadfastly in implementing democratic reforms and has recently been commended by a group of U.S. Senators for improving its human rights record.
It is also understood that Dadis Camara’s health is deteriorating fast – a cause for concern to his Moroccan hosts. Doctors are fighting round the clock to revive the junta leader whose condition has been described as ‘incapacitated’. Meanwhile reports that Acting President Sekouba Konate who also suffers from a liver ailment, was airlifted to Senegal for emergency treatment, has been denied by the Guinean authorities.
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