When you get there, there isn't any there there.
— Gertrude Stein, 1874 - 1946




Guinea has had a history of authoritarian rule since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Lansana CONTE came to power in 1984 when the military seized the government after the death of the first president, Sekou TOURE. Guinea did not hold democratic elections until 1993 when Gen. CONTE (head of the military government) was elected president of the civilian government. He was reelected in 1998 and again in 2003, though all the polls were marred by irregularities. History repeated itself in December 2008 when following President CONTE's death, Capt. Moussa Dadis CAMARA led a military coup, seizing power and suspending the constitution. His unwillingness to yield to domestic and international pressure to step down led to heightened political tensions that culminated in September 2009 when presidential guards opened fire on an opposition rally killing more than 150 people, and in early December 2009 when CAMARA was wounded in an assassination attempt and evacuated to Morocco and subsequently to Burkina Faso. A transitional government led by General Sekouba KONATE held democratic elections in 2010 and Alpha CONDE was elected president in the country's first free and fair elections since independence.


Guinea, , is a former French colony that borders Guinea-Bissau and Senegal to the north, Mali on the north and north-east, Côte d'Ivoire to the east and Liberia and Sierra Leone to the south. Unrest in Sierra Leone has spilled across the border, creating humanitarian emergencies and threatening the stability of this country.

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Location. Novotel Ghi Conakry is located near the beach in Conakry and close to Guinean Presidential Palace, Guinea National Museum, and Guinea Palais du Peuple. Additional points of interest include Monument de la Revolution and Conakry Grand Mosque. Hotel Features. Dining options at Novotel Ghi Conakry include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3 star… more »

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Full name
Republic of Guinea

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone

Geographic coordinates

11 00 N, 10 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Oregon

Border countries

Cote d'Ivoire 610 km, Guinea-Bissau 386 km, Liberia 563 km, Mali 858 km, Senegal 330 km, Sierra Leone 652 km


320 km


generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds


generally flat coastal plain, hilly to mountainous interior

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mont Nimba 1,752 m

Natural resources

bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, gold, uranium, hydropower, fish, salt


10,324,025 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Peuhl 40%, Malinke 30%, Soussou 20%, smaller ethnic groups 10%


Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%


French (official); note - each ethnic group has its own language

Government type



2 October 1958 (from France)

National holiday

Independence Day, 2 October (1958)

Chief of state

President Alpha Conde (since 21 December 2010)

Head of government

Prime Minister Mohamed Said FOFANA (since 24 December 2010)

Internet country code


Internet users

95,000 (2009)


16 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Conakry, Kamsar

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