Ibrahima Kassory Fofana

Ibrahima Kassory Fofana

Ibrahima Kassory Fofana (born 1954 or 1955) is a Guinean politician.

Originally a civil servant in the Ministry for Co-operation, in 1990 Fofana became the Director for Public Investments. In 1994, he accepted President Lansana Conté offer to become the “Administrator and Controller of Major Works”. Increasingly close to Conté, in 1996 he was delegated to the office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for the national budget and the NGO sector. In 1997, he was promoted to become the Finance and Economy Minister.

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In this post, Fofana became increasingly at odds with Conté, and in January 2000 was removed from his post. He decided it prudent to go into voluntary exile in Dakar, as permitted by his colleague and Security Minister Sékou Kouréissy Condé. He then took asylum in the United States, studying in Florida and at the American University in Washington D.C.. From overseas, he continued to exercise some influence in Guinea through his friendship with Salifou Camara.

He was one of 24 candidates in the 2010 presidential election. He is running under the party of Guinea for All (GPT) which he created.

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Guinea President Alpha Conde has named Ibrahima Kassory Fofana as the country’s new prime minister amid heightened political tensions and suspicion about the president’s intentions ahead of a 2020 election.

Fofana, a Conde loyalist and former minister of investment and public-private partnerships, replaces Mamady Youla, who resigned last week along with his government, according to a decree read on state television on Monday.

About 10 people died when riots erupted in the capital, Conakry, and other cities in February and March after local elections that the opposition said were marred by fraud.

Conde’s opponents also fear he intends to try to modify the constitution to stand for a third term in 2020. Conde has not yet commented on his intentions.

He did not provide an explanation for the latest government shakeup, but an official at the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters news agency that the president “wanted an experienced man capable of making decisions”.

Conde’s government has also faced repeated protests by civil servants and residents of mining towns, who complain that the country’s rich mineral deposits have not translated into improved public services or job opportunities.

Guinea is Africa’s top producer of bauxite, which is used to make aluminium. It also has significant reserves of iron ore.

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