Thursday, May 29, 2008

Guinea climbdown over pay mutiny risks more unrest

Guinea's leaders have rushed to grant the demands of mutinous soldiers to end a pay revolt, but this will weaken their authority to manage political and economic pressures squeezing the world's top bauxite exporter.

Prime Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souare, appointed by veteran President Lansana Conte just a week ago, caved in on Tuesday to the mutineers' violent calls for the payment of claimed salary arrears and for the defence minister to be sacked. More

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