In May, [Guinea's] parliament established a commission to investigate the security forces' involvement in January and February's violence. But the members of the commission were named only last month, and they have yet to get funding or even a meeting space.
Thierno Maadjou Sow, president of Guinea's Organization for the Defense of Human Rights, says he does not believe the commission will be allowed to function.
He says some people in Guinea are untouchable.
Government officials could not be reached for comment.
The position of prime minister does not exist in Guinea's constitution. Previous reform-minded prime ministers have been fired by President Conté, and there was no prime minister for nearly a year before Mr. Kouyate was appointed. Mr. Conté has ruled in Guinea since 1984 when he seized power in a coup.
During the January and February protests, he said "It is God who gives power, and when he gives it to someone, everyone must stand behind him."
Friday, November 30, 2007
Reforms still MIA in Guinea
From Voice of America: