Concerns in Guinea About Plot to Reinstate Dadis Camara

Dadis Camara - Supporters Want Him Back

Guinea’s Interim Prime Minister, Jean Marie Dore, has claimed that supporters of Guinea’s exiled military ruler are secretly plotting his return to the country, but any actions to disrupt a planned election will be quashed.  Dore also said that the government was ready for voting on June 27, as planned, but it was up to the election commission to maintain or change the date, which could be threatened by logistical and technical delays.

The supporters of Dadis Camara, who ran country until he went abroad for medical treatment after he was shot in December, have threatened to disrupt the election in parts of the country unless Camara returns from convalescence in nearby Burkina Faso. Prime Minister Dore told reporters  “There are supporters of the former head of the (junta) who are holding secret meetings planning his return. I warn them that any actions that target the elections will be dealt with very strongly.”

There are fears that a return by Camara risks disrupting efforts to stabilise the country. Guinea is now run by Camara’s deputy, General Sekouba Konate, who has appointed  Interim Prime Minister. Konate has promised a return to civilian rule. As well as facing protests by pro-Camara youth in his native Forestiere region earlier this month, Konate arrested about a dozen pro-Camara officers suspected of fomenting instability.

Daadis Camara’s December 2008 coup was initially popular in the poor West African nation. But he became increasingly unpopular due to his erratic behaviour, delays in holding elections and widespread abuses by the military. Sekouba Konate took over as interim head of the country in a January deal that also saw civilian opposition and union leaders brought in to oversee the restoration of democracy. Guinea’s new constitution, must be approved before the election can take place, Political leaders are hoping the document will be approved by decree, not a referendum, so that voting is not delayed.

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