Senegalese President says Guinea junta is honest

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Guinea’s coup leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is seeking to explain circumstances leading to his actions and his intentions as the country’s new leader to representatives from the UN, G8, EU and AU, and outline their future plans.

The US embassy in Conakry has, however, called for an immediate return to civilian rule in Guinea, while France, which currently holds the EU presidency, also said a vote should be held soon.

South Africa’s President Kgalema Motlanthe has said the junta must step down and hold elections immediately. The new military junta has promised to stamp out corruption and hold elections in 2010.

But, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has urged the world community to recognise the junta as many within the country are reported to be sick and tired of past despotic rule especially under the former president and his hugely corrupt government.

It is also reported that most Guineans are pinning their hopes on the military despite world wide condemnation of the coup.

President Wade of Senegal is the first head of state to publicly back the coup and has urged Guinea’s neighbours not to interfere in the country’s internal affairs whether militarily, through mercenaries or with money.

He said he had had a telephone conversation with the new leader, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, describing him as a perfectly honest man.

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