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Guineans in Guinea-Bissau condemns coup at home country
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20:32, December 25, 2008

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Guineans living in neighboring Guinea-Bissau unanimously condemned the recent military coup in their home country, according to information reaching here on Thursday.

The coup is not at all a solution in any country, said a merchandiser at the Bandim market in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau.

The businessman, who declined to be identified, told Xinhua that because of the division of the military, the organization of elections in Guinea will be too difficult.

Alfa Aboubacar Diallo, another businessman at the same market, said the military should surrender power to civilians, because the resort to force permits no settlement of the problems in the country.

He wished the army forces would let National Assembly President Aboubacar Sompare assume the presidency of the republic until the holding of presidential elections.

Under the constitution of Guinea, Sompare is to temporarily take over state affairs in absence of the head of state while organizing a presidential vote within 60 days.

Abdouramane Diallo, who now lives in Bissau, said he never braces for the seizure of power by the military.

"The coup will never bring development to a country," he said, but expressed relief that according to the information received by his family from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, the Guinean people continue their normal life despite the change.

A military junta led by Capt. Moussa Camara announced the coup on state radio hours after the death of President Lansana Conte was broadcast in Guinea on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a 32-member National Council for Democracy and Development put Camara at the head of the military dominated body, which also announced his takeover of the presidency before a vote is held in 2010.

Guinean Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souare has denied the coup leader's allegation that the government and constitution were dissolved, saying he is still in his office and that the government is functioning.

The coup has triggered opposition in the form of condemnations, calls and concern from a number of nations and international groups, including the Economic Community of the West African States, the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

Conte died at the age of 74 at 6:45 p.m. local time (1845 GMT) on Monday in a hospital in Conakry. He came to power in 1984 and was elected president in 1993. Conte won re-elections in 1998 and 2003.

Guinea won independence from France in 1958. It borders Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Mali in the north, Cote d'Ivoire in the east, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the south and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

With an area of 245,857 square km and the population of 9.56 million, the country is also known for its rich mineral deposits, especially bauxite which accounts for half of the world's total reserves. The country, however, remains one of the poorest in the world.

Source: Xinhua

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