Guinea president declares martial law Natalie Hrubos at 12:27 PM ET
[JURIST] Republic of Guinea [official website, in French; US Department of State backgrounder] President Lansana Conte [BBC profile] declared martial law Monday after several days of violence left at least 27 dead. The rioting began Saturday after Conte appointed a close ally from the Guinea cabinet, Eugene Camara, as prime minister. Opposition leaders said the appointment violated an agreement struck with trade unions last month to share ruling power with the prime minister, accusing Conte of cronyism and alleging that Camara's close allegiance to Conte renders the agreement meaningless [IOL report].
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