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China Guinea

Simandou is China’s poisoned chalice (Luke Hurst, Peter Cai, East Asia Forum)

In September 2021, Alpha Conde — the octogenarian president of Guinea — was toppled by the special forces he created. It is the latest episode of political instability in the West African state with not only rich resources but also a history of military coups.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, in an unusual move, spoke against the military coup and urged the immediate release of the former president. This is a departure from Beijing’s cardinal foreign policy dictate of non-interference in other countries’ domestic affairs.

China has a big stake in the country. Guinea is China’s biggest supplier of bauxite, a key raw material for the aluminium industry. But perhaps more importantly, Guinea is home to the world’s largest untapped iron ore deposit, Simandou.

Simandou is China’s poisoned chalice | East Asia Forum

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Guinea

Guinea military government names Mohamed Beavogui as PM (Al Jazeera)

Guinea’s military government has named Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and expert in agricultural finance, as prime minister to preside over a promised transition back to democratic rule following last month’s coup.

Beavogui, whose nomination was announced on Wednesday on national television, had a prestigious career with international organisations, including the United Nations, but has no national government experience – potentially distancing him from the Guinean political infighting of recent years.

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Guinea

Guinea coup leader Mamady Doumbouya sworn in as interim president (Al Jazeera)

Doumbouya led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5 [File: Cellou Binani/AFP]

Doumbouya led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5 [File: Cellou Binani/AFP]

Guinea has sworn in Colonel Mamady Doumbouya as interim president, who promised to respect the West African state’s international commitments while transitioning to civilian rule.

Doumbouya, who led the overthrow of President Alpha Conde on September 5, was sworn in on Friday by Supreme Court head Mamadou Sylla for a transition period of unspecified length.

Guinea coup leader Mamady Doumbouya sworn in as interim president | News | Al Jazeera

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Guinea

Guinea: Justice for 2009 massacre must be at heart of political transition (UN News)

Pramila Patten called for accountability for the 28 September 2009 incident to be at the heart of the country’s political transition.

Guinea: Justice for 2009 massacre must be at heart of political transition | | UN News