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Guinea govt resigns ahead of planned cabinet reshuffle


<p>The government of Guinea resigned on Thursday ahead of a planned cabinet reshuffle, a day after opposition parties suspended protests over disputed polls.</p> <p>Prime Minister Mamady Youla presented his resignation and that of the whole government, said minister of state and presidential spokesman Kiridi Bangoura.</p> <p>He told the media that the outgoing government will remain in charge of day-to-day tasks until a new government is drawn up. </p> <p>Alpha Conde, a historic opponent who came to power in 2010, had promised to listen to the “silent majority” and then proceed with a “major cabinet reshuffle” to “put ministers who are listening to the population and who take care of their programs “. </p> <p>On Wednesday, opposition parties suspended street protests against the official outcome of local elections in February, saying the international community had offered to mediate.</p> <p>Conde’s Rally of the Guinean People (<span class="caps">RPG</span>) party defeated a coalition led by the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (<span class="caps">UFDG</span>), according to the results. On Monday, the opposition, resuming strike action by its supporters, brought trade and traffic to a standstill in parts of the capital Conakry.</p> <p>The conflict in education ended a few days later, after an agreement on wages, but the opposition still contests the victory in the February 4 local elections of the ruling party, the <span class="caps">RPG</span>, against the <span class="caps">UFDG</span>. Former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, the main opponent of President Alpha Condé.</p> <p>At the beginning of April, the opposition suspended its street demonstrations in order to initiate a dialogue with the authorities. Denouncing the lack of political will of the presidential movement, it organized a new day “dead city” in Conakry on Monday. </p> <p>After Tuesday’s intervention by ambassadors, notably from the United States and the European Union, who proposed a mediation by Diallo, the opposition on Wednesday announced a new “suspension” of its demonstrations, while confirming its boycott of “inter-Guinean dialogue” on electoral disputes. </p> <p>The two months of post-election demonstrations, marred by violence, had killed at least 12 people.</p> <p>According to opposition , the press and human rights <span class="caps">NGO</span>s, 94 opponents have been killed in Guinea, mostly by gunshot, during political demonstrations since April 2011.  </p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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