Guinea transitions to full civilian government

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 8:33 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's presidential spokesman says he has reshuffled the government and military figures have resigned, making it the country's first complete civilian government since the president's inauguration in 2010.

President Alpha Conde's office said on state TV late Friday that three army generals who were among those who staged a December 2008 coup have submitted their resignations. It said that "in forming a government that is entirely civilian, President Conde sends a strong signal of the normalization of Guinea."

When Guinea's longtime dictator died in 2008, soldiers seized power in a coup. Power was later handed over to a transitional government and Guinea held its first democratic election in 2010, ending decades of dictatorship and strongman rule. However, the election was marred by ethnic violence.

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