Leader of coup: Guinea to hold funeral for dictator Lansana Conte

December 26, 2008 07:15


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The leader of a coup vowed to hold a "grandiose funeral" on Friday for Guinea's late dictator, whose death this week threw this impoverished West African nation into turmoil with military leaders seizing control and the prime minister surrendering. Lansana Conte's body was to be brought Friday morning to a stadium in the capital, Conakry, and then to the Grand Mosque before interment in a village. Conte died Monday after nearly a quarter-century in power, but there has been no funeral despite Muslim custom calling for burial within 24 hours of death.

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