CONAKRY, Guinea (AA) – Guinean Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana and his government have resigned, just two months after Alpha Conde was sworn in as president for the second time, it was announced Wednesday.
“This had to happen. We are a republic and a democratic country. We have rules and our elected president chooses the government,” Fofana said in a statement Wednesday.
He said that the resignations of the prime minister and the entire government were also a democratic way to elect a new government.
Guinea held its first presidential election and elected its first president in 2010 after it became an independent country.
Conde, 77, came to power in 2010 following a military coup led by Moussa Dadis Camara, a former head of Guinea’s military junta. In October elections, he was re-elected for a second term with 57.85 percent of the vote.
The 2008 military coup that brought Camara to power came after the death of Lansana Conte, who had ruled the country from 1984 to 2008.
Camara, in exile since 2009, was blocked from registering as a candidate.
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