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Guinean president elect Alpha Conde has completed nominating his cabinet ministers. The government consists of an unprecedented number of forty ministers.
Guinean opposition, including professor Alpha Conde himself, had always criticized Lansana Conte governments of having a plethora of ministers, who were not useful to the country. They claimed that a plethora of ministers was just a tacit manner of squandering the country’s funds.
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As of today, if every department must have an operating budget and each minister his own budget, this new government leaves many to wonder.
The worries stem from the following facts:
Guinea is among the poorest countries in the planet and has just emerged from a crisis that started in 2006. All macroeconomic indicators are in the red. Growing unemployment, rising inflation, the trade deficit and budget deficit added to the heavy debts, all cannot be dealt with without reducing the public spending.
The plethora of these government members does not seem to prioritize economic measures and financial stability.
Many were expecting the government to include his rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, senior staff members. While this had been one of his campaign’s slogans, the international organizations have now realized that Guinea might go back to its initial state of dictatorship. The president named himself defense minister, violating the constitution texts. Among his cabinet members, more than 50% are from his tribe and the remaining members are from his alliance. Yet again, key members of his alliance were left out for unknown reasons.
At its current state, the country just emerged from an 11-month transition during which billions of Guinean Francs were used by Jean Marie Dore and the CNDD in the name of a state of emergency. This has left the treasury in shambles.
Another bleak point is the return of Conte’s regime barons, in the professor entourage.
Finally, one can only wait and see how the new president will achieve the economic reforms as advocated during his campaigns and in his New Year speech with so many expenses created for the sake of rewarding supporters.