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Guinea: junta chief declares CAN-2025 a "priority" project

 Guinea: junta chief declares CAN-2025 a "priority" project
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The head of Guinea's ruling junta has made the organisation of the 2025 African Cup of Nations, awarded to his country, a "priority" programme and has made the associated expenditure an emergency.

The announcement was made on Monday night ahead of the expected arrival on Tuesday of a mission from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which is expected to check on the progress of the project on-site until Thursday.

The head of the junta, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, appointed a new organising committee in March, ousting the previous team, one of whose members publicly expressed doubts about the feasibility of the project.

A decree by Colonel Doumbouya read out on national television declared the tournament programme to be of "national interest and priority".

All expenses for the organisation "shall be carried out as a matter of urgency", the decree says, announcing the opening of a special account in the public treasury.

The land reserves allocated to the CAN are declared to be in the public interest and all real estate transactions or works not dedicated to the CAN are prohibited on the sites, the decree stipulates.

The new authorities in place since the military coup of September 2021 have affirmed their desire to be at the rendezvous of the 2025 CAN.

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