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President Lansana Conte on
December 21, a military group calling itself the National Council for Democracy
and Development took power in the early morning hours of December 22. They
justified their action saying that steps were needed to ensure democracy and
stability in uncertain times, but by essentially seizing power it would seem
they are defeating their own purpose.
To be sure, Guinea is no stranger to political unrest. Martial law was declared
last year after a general strike, and earlier this year army troops demanding
back pay demonstrated in the capital, Conakry.
The President of the 32-person junta is Army Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. The
junta announced that it would complete President Conte's term and hold
elections in 2010.
Two years is an excessively long time to new elections, especially as Guinea
has been preparing for elections in the first half of 2009. If this comes to
pass, Guinea's long-delayed transition to democracy will be derailed once