(Bloomberg) -- Guinea appointed the winner of a United Nations award and an oil executive to the nation’s first cabinet after a Sept. 5 coup, but is yet to fill the key post of mining in the world’s top bauxite exporter.
Morisanda Kouyate, who earned the UN’s Nelson Mandela Prize in 2020 for his campaign against gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation, has been named foreign minister, according to the state-run Radio Television Guineenne. Charlotte Daffe, who was a manager at the Guinean unit of TotalEnergies SE, has been appointed fisheries and maritime minister.
Mohamed Beavogui, a former UN assistant secretary general, is gradually picking his cabinet after a military junta overthrew President Alpha Conde last month. It later made Beavogui transitional prime minister.
Guinea has some of the world’s largest reserves of iron ore and bauxite, which is processed into aluminum. Mamadi Doumbouya, the army colonel who led the coup, moved swiftly to reassure international mining companies such as United Co. Rusal of Russia and Aluminium Corp. of China Ltd. that their operations could continue unhindered under the nation’s new leadership.
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