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Guinea gives Simandou iron ore mine developers 14-day deadline

Guinea gives Simandou iron ore mine developers 14-day deadline

PARTNERS in Guinea's Simandou iron ore mine have 14 days to finalise a joint venture, interim president Mamady Doumbouya said at a meeting with the miners, Rio Tinto, and Chinese-backed Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS). Guinea has grown increasingly impatient with the companies that control the giant Simandou deposit, which has not been developed since Rio was first granted an exploration licence for it 25 years ago. "I expect the creation of the joint venture within 14 days," Doumbouya said at the meeting, a video of which was posted online by his office. The ruling junta signed an agreement with Rio and…
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Guinea, Burkina Faso juntas risk more sanctions

Guinea, Burkina Faso juntas risk more sanctions

GUINEA'S ruling junta signalled it might break a deadline to set out its plans to return to civilian rule, opening up the prospect of more sanctions from West Africa's political and economic bloc. There was no immediate announcement from the military rulers of Burkina Faso who were facing the same Monday deadline to present "acceptable" plans to hand back power to civilians after their January coup. West Africa has been rocked by two coups in Mali, one in Guinea and one in Burkina Faso since August 2020. Leaders of the regional ECOWAS bloc last month told the juntas in Guinea…
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Guinea’s ex-president freed from house arrest

Guinea’s ex-president freed from house arrest

SALIOU SAMB GUINEA'S former President Alpha Conde has been freed from house arrest more than seven months after he was ousted in a military coup, the interim government said on state television. Conde, 84, had been detained since last September when special forces troops overthrew him on allegations of fostering endemic state corruption. Guinea's new junta government has permitted Conde to receive visitors, and earlier this month allowed him to travel to the United Arab Emirates for a medical check-up. He will continue to reside at his wife's family home in a suburb of the capital Conakry until renovations on…
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Guinea’s ousted ex-president returns from medical trip

Guinea’s ousted ex-president returns from medical trip

GUINEA'S former president, Alpha Conde, ousted in a military coup in September, returned to the country after a trip to the United Arab Emirates for a medical check-up, the interim government said. Conde, 84, who is under house arrest in Guinea but is allowed to receive visitors, left the West African nation in January after the junta allowed him to travel on medical grounds. "The former president will remain in Guinea for as long as his health permits", the junta said in a late-night statement read on national television. "His integrity and dignity will always be respected." Guinea's coup was…
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Guinea orders legal proceedings against ousted President Conde

Guinea orders legal proceedings against ousted President Conde

SALIOU SAMB GUINEA'S attorney general has ordered legal proceedings against ousted President Alpha Conde and 26 of his former officials over violence surrounding Conde's disputed bid for a third term, a court document showed. Conde, 84, was overthrown in a military coup last September by officers who now run the West African country. Anger against him had mounted after he altered the constitution to run for re-election in 2020, which he won. The charges against Conde and his allies include complicity in murder and assault, sexual violence and forced disappearances arising from civil unrest that broke out around the disputed…
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The golden quartet of Afrobasket

The golden quartet of Afrobasket

BOITUMELO RANTAO  FORTY games - over 2016 minutes - of blood, sweat and some tears during thrilling action at the African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) have produced the continent’s top four basketball nations.  The qualifying window, which took place in the two cities Monastir, Tunisia and Yaounde Cameroon, produced four teams, reigning Champions Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Egypt who outclassed their group mates.  These four teams have yet to lose a fixture in the six qualifying games played and seek to take their brilliant form into the Afrobasket finals held in Kigali, Rwanda from August 24 to September 5. Tunisia,…
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AFCON 2022: Cameroon, The Gambia march into quarterfinals

AFCON 2022: Cameroon, The Gambia march into quarterfinals

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER HOST nation Cameroon were made to sweat but in the end cruised into the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations, defeating a gusty Comoros 2-1. However, it was debutants The Gambia who stole the limelight.  “The Scorpions” beat favourites Guinea, 1-0 in a fast-paced game to seal a place in the last eight. Comoros started the game without their first and second choice goalkeeper, who were sidelined by Covid-19.  Defender Chaker Alhadhur was forced to stand in goals and did a fantastic job, keeping the marauding Cameroon team at bay with spectacular saves. The Comoros suffered…
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Mapping the contours of Jihadist groups in the Sahel

Mapping the contours of Jihadist groups in the Sahel

THE Sahel region, an area covering 3 million sq km, has been a hotbed of Islamic Jihadi groups in recent years. FOLAHANMI AINA, Doctoral Candidate in Leadership Studies, King's College London Today, the region has no fewer than seven insurgent groups scattered in six countries. The area stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean and encompasses a dozen countries. These include Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. Jihadi groups have taken advantage of a number of underlying conditions, which fuel local grievances across the Sahel. These include endemic…
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Guinea has a long history of coups: here are 5 things to know about the country

Guinea has a long history of coups: here are 5 things to know about the country

ON September 5, officers of an elite special forces army unit overthrew the 83-year-old Guinean President Alpha Condé in a coup. The nation of 13 million is now under the control of junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who has dissolved the government and made a series of pronouncements. These include an assurance of calm to the vital mining sector. SUSANNA FIORATTA, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bryn Mawr The coup was greeted by celebrations on the streets. It has also received the backing of opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo. But there is a lot of uncertainty as to what happens next.…
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Guinea starts vaccinating children against COVID-19 with Pfizer, Moderna

Guinea starts vaccinating children against COVID-19 with Pfizer, Moderna

GUINEA has begun vaccinating children aged 12-17 against COVID-19 with a consignment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the health ministry said. Most African countries have been reliant on the COVAX vaccine sharing initiative for doses, and have inoculated only a small fraction of their populations. Guinea received a quantity of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in late October and early November, the National Agency for Health Security said in a statement. It did not say how many doses were received or from where. The country previously received 194,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the global COVAX initiative and supplemented that…
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