Guinea Coup Chiefs Promise Elections

US, Europe condemn coup
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 6:11 AM CST
Guinea Coup Chiefs Promise Elections
Guinea coup leader Moussa Camara reads a statement after seizing power in the West African state.   (AP Photo/Guinea TV)

(Newser) – Rebel army officers who led a revolt in the West African nation of Guinea will meet with foreign diplomats tomorrow to reassure the international community about their future plans, reports BBC. A military junta seized control hours after the death of despotic ruler Lansana Conte. The US, European Union and Afrian Union have condemned the coup.

"The council has no ambitions to hold on to power," said Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, the new president of Guinea. "The only reason is the need to safeguard territorial integrity. There is no ulterior motive." He promised "free, credible and transparent elections" in December 2010.
(Read more Guinea stories.)

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