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The African Union (AU) on Saturday hailed an accord reached by Guinea’s political rivals to form an interim government and hold an election to resolve the country’s year-long crisis.

AU commission chief Jean Ping lauded the “positive development in the situation in Guinea and the advances made to end the crisis,” a statement said.

The pact signed Friday in Ouagadougou provides for a national transition council and a unity government before polls are held in six months.

The AU suspended Guinea from the 53-member bloc after the December 2008 coup that brought Captain Moussa Dadis Camara to power and imposed sanctions on the military rulers after the massacre of opposition supporters last year.

Junta leader Camara, recovering from injuries inflicted last month in an assassination attempt, will remain in exile in Burkina Faso under the pact.

Camara, interim junta chief General Sekouba Konate, and Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore who is mediating between the ruling junta and the opposition inked the accord.

Guinea junta chief supports interim leader

Guinea’s wounded junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara offered his support Sunday to the west African nation’s new interim leader.

“I ask you to give (General Sekouba Konate) the necessary support for the cause of democracy, which we call for with all our wishes,” he said in an address to the nation from the capital of Burkina Faso.

Camara, speaking in a weak and hesitant voice, called for calm in Guinea, “I know many people have stormed Conakry airport and some streets in the capital, calling for my return to the country”.

“I understand you. I ask you to return home and go back to work in peace” he said, adding “I will be with you soon”.

“The interim president and I will continue to cooperate to ensure a successful transition which will result in the election of a president democratically chosen by Guineans,” Camara said.

By Africa The Good News

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