Guinea chooses opposition leader as prime minister

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CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A top Guinean opposition leader says he has been chosen as prime minister of the West African nation that in one year has been rocked by a coup, a massacre and the attempted assassination of its military leader.

Jean-Marie Dore told Guinean radio Tuesday that interim president Gen. Sekouba Konate notified him of his new position on Monday.

Under an agreement signed last week in Burkina Faso, coup leader Capt. Moussa “Dadis” Camara agreed to voluntary exile and to allow elections that would hand power over to a civilian government within six months.

Camara was shot in the head by his top aide in early December, nearly a year after he seized power in a coup. Tensions rose after a September massacre in which soldiers fired on pro-democracy protesters, killing at least 156 people.