Guinea’s interim president has named a union leader to head a council charged with managing a transition from military to civilian rule, a decree read on state radio and television said Feb. 8. “Rabiatou Serah Diallo, secretary general of Guinea’s National Workers Confederation, has been named president of the National Transition Council,” the decree signed by interim leader General Sekouba Konate declared. The body will be composed of 101 Guineans from civil society, political parties, religious groups as well as members of the ruling junta’s council.They will have legislative responsibilities since the National Assembly was dissolved in December 2008 after the military seized power in a coup following the death of longtime strongman Lansana Conte. Serah Diallo gained international attention in 2007 as a leading figure in protests against the Conte regime. (AP)

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