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17 January 2018 14:55 (South Africa)

West Africa’s Ecowas fears Guinea slipping back into dictatorship

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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West Africa’s economic community Ecowas fears Guinea is slipping back into dictatorship after the military junta there fired on 50,000 demonstrators a few weeks back, killing up to 200 people. The government claims 57 died and said most were killed in a stampede. Human rights groups have told of widespread rape during the violence, which saw the African Union impose sanctions and France and the US call for international intervention. News reports say the agriculture minister has resigned over the killings. A little-known army captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a December coup after long-time despot Lansana Conte died. Camara fomented the massive street demonstrations when he reneged on a promise not to run in presidential elections in January.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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