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Guinean president will install ministers “who listen to the people,” a statement said.

President of Guinea, Alpha Conde

CONAKRY, Guinea­–The president of Guinea Alpha Conde prepares for a  ‘major cabinet reshuffle’ after widespread dissatisfaction and unrest in the country.

According to a release, President Alpha Conde will institute a “major cabinet reshuffle”, his office said yesterday, Thursday, after weeks of strikes and protests in the country that resulted from disputed local elections.

In a presidential statement, it says Conde will install ministers “who listen to the people.”.

Eyewitness say the statement was released after the Guinean leader was booed by hundreds of angry women at a ceremony to mark International Women’s Day.

Electoral unrest erupted in early February when Conde’s ruling party won the first local elections held since 2005, with results disputed by the main opposition party.

Sources say about 12 people have died in the unrest, some of whom were shot dead by police.

The statement did not say when the reshuffle would happen and how soon.

“I will spend the next few days listening to the silent majority, meeting magistrates, doctors, drivers, women, and youths,” it quoted Conde as saying.

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Women gathered outside the Palace of the People in the capital Conakry, fearful that strikes which have closed schools will harm their children’s education.

“Do not kill our children by making them ignorant,” and “since you are incapable, give up,” the women chanted.

Teachers have been pushing for wage increases but negotiations are at a standstill.

The Guinean presidency said It was “not with a happy heart” that President Conde saw schools closing, adding that the Guinean leader wanted to “highlight progress made by women” on March 8.

This week, thousands of Guinean women dressed in white, the local color of mourning, took part in a three-kilometer (two-mile) march in protest at the violent crackdown on political demonstrations.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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