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Title: ARRESTS, APPOINTMENTS, AND MACHINATIONS: A

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SUBJECT: ARRESTS, APPOINTMENTS, AND MACHINATIONS: A 
POLITICAL ROUNDUP FOR 27 JANUARY TO 17 FEBRUARY 
 
REF: A. CONAKRY 88 
     ¶B. CONAKRY 93 
 
Classified By: A/POLCHIEF T. SCOTT BROWN FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1. (U) SUMMARY. Politics in Guinea continue to be fluid since 
the coup d'etat on 23 December 2008.  Given these 
circumstances, post will transmit as needed roundups of 
presidential appointments, military arrests, and any other 
political machinations.  This roundup covers the period 
between 27 January to 18 February, and includes a host of 
almost daily CNDD announcements and presidential appearances 
between 2 February and 9 February.  END SUMMARY. 
 
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CNDD MEMBERS CONFIDES THAT MANY ARE EMBARRASSED BY DADIS 
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¶2. (C) CNDD member Alpha Yaya Diallo told Pol LES on 4 
February that many CNDD members are increasingly embarrassed 
by CNDD President Moussa Dadis Camara.  Before his 
appointment to the CNDD, Diallo was a long-time Embassy 
contact at the Bureau of Customs.  Dadis named Diallo as the 
Deputy Director of Customs the week of 2 February. 
 
¶3. (C) According to Diallo, Dadis' declarations and 
appointments have been problematic for some CNDD members.  He 
said that Dadis' public replacement of the Customs Director 
(ref A) was not well received by civil servants within 
Customs.  Diallo told Pol LES that the presidential decree 
appointing the new director had not been signed as of 4 
February, and that officials are divided, some in support of 
the new director, others in support of the former director. 
 
¶4. (C) Diallo described how during his visit, Dadis had 
publicly reproached a female Customs employee for having 
divorced her husband.  Diallo said that many female Customs 
employees were offended and viewed Dadis' comments as a very 
public encroachment on individual privacy. 
 
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IS DADIS USING COCAINE? 
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¶5. (C) Dadis' erratic behavior at public gatherings has led 
several foreign observers to suspect that he is possibly 
under the influence of cocaine.  Observers note Dadis' brief 
disappearances during public gatherings followed by an 
apparent personality change upon his return as possible 
evidence that Dadis is indulging in cocaine during these 
absences.  His behavior during the contact group meeting was 
particularly worrisome (septel). 
 
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DADIS TO PRESIDE OVER CABINET MEETINGS 
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¶6. (U) Dadis Camara announced on 5 February that effective 
immediately, he would personally chair the weekly cabinet 
meeting.  As the Prime Minister traditionally presides over 
the meeting, many contacts perceive Dadis' announcement as 
further evidence of the PM's lack of authority. 
 
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FORMER PM FALL QUITS U.N. MISSION IN BANGUI 
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¶7. (C) Francois Fall, a former prime minister who served just 
two months in that position in 2004 and who currently heads a 
U.N. mission to Bangui, reportedly planned to inform his 
organization on 17 February that he would resign and return 
to Guinea on or about 1 March.  Earlier this month, Fall 
suggested to Charge that he planned to return to Conakry in 
June to form his own political party and enter the political 
arena (ref B). 
 
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CNDD APPOINTS SEVERAL PROVINCIAL PREFECTS 
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¶8. (U) Per presidential decree on 1 February, Dadis Camara 
appointed new prefects in two provincial cities.  In Dubreka, 
a provincial city in Maritime Guinea 25 kilometers from 
Conakry, the president appointed Lieutenant Mamadou Bondabon 
Camara, who served previously as an army inspector.  In 
 
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N'Zerekore, the provincial capital of Guinea's Forest Region, 
civil servant Ibrahima Sylla II replaced Colonel Bourema 
Conde, who was reassigned to active-duty military service. 
 
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CNDD TO SEND MINISTERIAL DELEGATIONS 
TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES 
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¶9. (U) The CNDD on 9 February announced that the Guinean 
Government will send ministerial delegations to Senegal, 
Mali, and Burkina Faso to conduct "case studies" on democracy 
and governance. 
 
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CNDD HOLDS 40TH DAY SERVICE FOR CONTE 
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¶10. (SBU) The CNDD held services on 6 February to mark the 
40th day after the late Lansana Conte's death in the former 
president's home village of Lansanya.  The former First Lady 
Henriette Conte, along with Conte's third wife Hadja Asmaou 
Conte, received guests.  CNDD Vice President and Minister of 
Security Toto Camara represented the junta and praised Conte 
for his good deeds, humanism, and tolerance.  The Presidents 
of Mali and Guinea-Bissau attended the ceremony and gave 
brief, positive remarks.  Also in attendance were five of 
Conte's ex-prime ministers--Lamine Sidime, Sidya Toure, 
Francois Fall, Cello Dallein Diallo, and Lansana Kouyate--and 
many other ministers who served under the former president. 
Both Muslim and Christian leaders organized religious aspects 
of the event. Conte's controversial fourth wife who was 
allegedly the source of much political intrigue late in 
Conte's presidency, Kadiatou Seth Conte, reportedly did not 
attend the ceremony. 
 
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CNDD ARRESTS FORMER MINISTER TIBOU CAMARA 
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¶11. (U) On 15 February, security forces arrested former 
Minister of Communication Tibou Camara, who served in 
ex-President Lansana Conte's final government under Prime 
Minister Ahmed Tidiane Souare.  Soldiers reportedly arrested 
Camara for economic crimes and are holding him at Camp Alpha 
Yaya.  In the weeks leading up to the 23 December coup 
d'etat, several press reports had accused Camara of 
embezzling state funds. 
 
¶12. (U) Three days earlier on 12 February, Camara had tried 
to flee the country with the First Lady of the Gambia, who 
had come to Guinea for a ceremony honoring Guinea's late 
president.  Camara, the Gambian first lady's brother-in-law, 
supposedly disguised himself in Mauritanian dress and covered 
the lower part of his face to sneak onto the plane. 
According to sources, the plane had already taxied onto the 
runway when air controllers refused takeoff clearance. 
Immigration authorities then boarded the plane to seize 
Camara, who offered no resistance.  Though the Gambian first 
lady protested, an immigration officer reportedly told her 
that "all former ministers are forbidden to leave the 
country," and that Camara "would not be allowed an exception." 
 
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PIVI ARRESTS PRESIDENT OF DIAMOND ASSOCIATION 
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¶13. (U) On 1 February, former mutiny leader and Minister of 
Presidential Security Claude Pivi arrested El Hadj Daouda 
Cisse, president of Guinea's association of diamond miners, 
for his involvement in the disappearance of 500 carats of the 
precious stones 15 years ago.  A source close to Cisse 
explained that the case had been tried years ago and that 
Cisse had been acquitted of any involvement.  However, the 
source continued: "But, you know, when it's Pivi, only 
President Dadis can do anything.  Also, Pivi demanded GNF 100 
million (about $22,000) for his release."  As of 18 February, 
Embassy could not confirm if authorities continued to hold 
Cisse in custody. 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶14. (C) Embassy continues to observe widespread popular 
 
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support for Dadis Camara, despite internal embarrassment 
among CNDD members.  The junta leader's decision to preside 
over cabinet meetings, coupled with his ongoing shift of 
cabinet posts from the Prime Minister's office to the 
Presidential Palace, suggests that the PM is now almost 
completely irrelevant in the political process.  While the 
CNDD continues to arrest "economic predators" such as Tibou 
Camara, no system has yet been put in place to try them for 
their alleged crimes, raising concerns of indefinite 
detention and possible human rights violations.  END COMMENT. 
RASPOLIC