Guinea's New President Inducted

Published on Thursday 23rd December 2010

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was among more than a dozen Heads of State and Government at the inauguration of the President Alpha Conde of Guinea, at a colorful ceremony in the capital Conakry.

In his inaugural speech, President Conde thanked the people of Guinea for the transition to democratic rule. The newly inducted President called on all Guineans to join hands in the rebuilding of their country. He promised to work toward reconciling all Guineas, adding "I will be the President for all Guineans."

The new Guinean leader also paid tribute to individuals and institutions which helped to promote the transition toward democratic rule, including the country's transitional military leader, Brigadier General Sekouba Konate. "Guinea is Back," the new President assured all Guineans and the international community as he concluded his speech.

Speaking on behalf of the current President of the Economic Community of West African States, Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, commended the people of Guinea for the successful conclusion from military to democratic rule. He also praised the transitional military leader Konate for the constructive role he played during the transitional period. Mr. Obasanjo assured the new Guinean leader and his people of ECOWAS' support in helping to rebuild and strengthen democracy in Guinea, and urged all Guineans to work toward the attainment of lasting peace and national unity.

President Johnson Sirleaf and delegation which included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs; Defense; Planning & Economic Affairs; Lands, Mines & Energy, and the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, returned home Tuesday night.


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