Guinean Labor Leaders, Rabiatou Serah Diallo and Ibrahima Fofana
Guinean Labor Unions Threaten Protests Over President’s Health
By Alpha Camara
Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) — Guinean labor movements and civil society groups threatened to stage protests from tomorrow unless the government provides an update on the health of junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who was shot last month.
“Since Dec. 4, the date on which President Moussa Dadis Camara was evacuated to Morocco following an assassination attempt on Dec. 3, the people of Guinea have received no reliable information about his health,” Ibrahima Fofana, general-secretary of the Union of Guinean Workers, said at a media briefing on Jan. 2.
Camara was shot “at point-blank range” during a visit to Camp Koundara, the base of the presidential guard, in Conakry, the capital, last month. He is currently being treated in a Moroccan hospital, where he had surgery on his head, Communications Minister Idrissa Cherif said on Dec. 8. The 45- year-old army captain seized power in December 2008, a day after the death of President Lansana Conte, who ruled the country for two decades.
Fofana said the government’s failure to provide “reliable” information on Camara’s health “demonstrates a lack of respect toward the people” of Guinea.
“The health of the head of state is a major concern that must not be hidden by erroneous statements,” Fofana said.
General Sekouba Konate has been appointed as interim leader of the West African nation in Camara’s absence.
To contact the reporter on this story: Alpha Camara in Conakry via Johannesburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: January 4, 2010 00:25 EST