What spurred the protests?

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Rioting started on Saturday following President Lansana Conte's appointment of a close ally from his Cabinet as prime minister. The move angered many who said he side-stepped a power-sharing agreement by naming a confidant.Lansana Conte, who seized power in a 1984 coup, named Eugene Camara, a Cabinet member since 1997, to the prime minister post on Friday. Camara served most recently as minister for presidential affairs.Read Full Story

Lansana Conte declares a state of emergency

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President Lansana Conte declared a state of emergency in Guinea today, announcing in a broadcast on state radio and television he had ordered the army to "take all necessary measures" to restore order after three days of violent protests.Read Full Story