Guinea junta appoints acting prime minister during absence of PM Mohamed Beavogui

Residents cheer on army soldiers after the uprising that led to the toppling of president Alpha Conde in Kaloum neighbourhood of Conakry, Guinea.

The military junta in Guinea has appointed an acting prime minister while prime minister Mohamed Beavogui is absent, state television said late on Saturday.

The announcement did not explain why Beavogui was taking a leave of absence or how long he would be absent for.

“Commerce and Industry Minister Bernard Gomou has been appointed acting prime minister during the period of absence of Mr. Mohamed Beavogui,” it said.

Beavogui, a former civil servant and expert in agricultural finance, was appointed prime minister last October to preside over a promised transition back to democratic rule following a September 5 coup.

West Africa’s main political and economic bloc (ECOWAS) has rejected a three-year transition to elections proposed by Guinea’s junta, which has been asked to propose a new timeline by the end of July or face economic sanctions.

Beavogui has sought to foster dialogue about the transition between Guinea’s main political parties and civil society leaders, but talks have been marred by boycotts.

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