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Title: PUP HONORS PRESIDENT CONTE

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SUBJECT: PUP HONORS PRESIDENT CONTE 
 
REF: A. CONAKRY 0010 
 
     ¶B. CONAKRY 0013 
     ¶C. CONAKRY 0029 
     ¶D. CONAKRY 0041 
 
PUP HONORS THE PRESIDENT 
 
¶1.  (U) Supporters of the ruling Party for Unity and Progress 
(PUP) gathered at the People,s Palace in Conakry on July 19 
to celebrate the fourth anniversary of General Lansana 
Conte,s inauguration as the president of the Republic of 
Guinea.  Allegedly organized by the party,s youth, the event 
was attended by a wide range of PUP members, including both 
current and former government officials. 
 
¶2.  (U) Notable participants included: 
     - Issa Conde, Minister of Communications 
     - General Camara, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 
     - General Baillo, Minister of Defense 
     - Sam Soumah, Secretary General of the Presidency 
     - Oumar Baillo Bah, Secretary General of the Govt. 
     - Aboubacar Sompare, Pres. of the National Assembly 
     - Sekou Konate, Secretary General of the PUP 
In addition, most of the current PUP deputies to the National 
Assembly were there, along with a number of former PUP 
governors and prefects. 
 
¶3.  (SBU) According to a POL LES observer, speakers 
emphasized their support for President Conte and the PUP, and 
advocated for continued faith in the president,s program. 
President Conte did not attend, but sent Secretary General 
Sam Soumah to represent him.  Soumah closed the event with a 
two-minute speech in which he encouraged participants to 
continue to follow the president,s general program of peace 
and development. 
 
¶4.  (U) The PUP also announced that it had launched an 
official party website, which is located at 
www.pup.guinee.org. 
 
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¶5.  (SBU) According to observers, the event seemed to be a 
general political rally for the PUP and for President Conte. 
While it was attended by a wide range of PUP members, a few 
staunch presidential supporters were noticeably absent, 
including controversial millionaire Mamadou Syllah, Chief of 
Protocol Idrissa Thiam, and former Secretary General of the 
Presidency, Fode Bangorah.  There were only two members of 
Prime Minister Kouyate's consensus government there: the 
Secretary General of the Government, who was also part of 
 
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Conte's previous government, but reaffirmed by Kouyate, and 
Communications Minister Issa Conde who was appointed by Conte 
on January 4 (reftel A), a decision that contributed to 
heightened political tension.  END COMMENT. 
CARTER