Guinea junta sets ambitious reform plan

Guinea’s military rulers have set an ambitious programme for their new government after last month’s coup,...

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Moussa Dadis Camara, a young army captain who seized power last month, named a government on Wednesday, including army officers and technocrats.

However, he excluded most of the political and union leaders who formed the backbone of previous cabinets.

"I commit myself to move ahead with revising the mining code and mining conventions in force, and with technical, financial and fiscal audits for the past five years by internationally regarded firms," Camara said.

Camara also said <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Guinea</country-region>’s state water, power and telephone services would be privatised through international tenders.