Beavogui, who has no government experience, is an expert in agricultural finance and has worked for international organizations, including the UN.
The Guinean military government has appointed Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and agricultural finance expert, as prime minister to preside over the promised transition to democratic rule after last month’s coup.
Beavogui, whose appointment was announced on national television on Wednesday, has had a prestigious career in international organizations, including the United Nations, but has no experience in national government, potentially keeping him away from Guinean political quarrels of recent years.
A 68-year-old graduate engineer and the son of a diplomat, he is an expert in the financing of agricultural development and risk management.
Beavogui is also the nephew of Diallo Telli, a famous Guinean diplomat who served as the first secretary general of the Organization of African Unity, predecessor of the African Union, and was killed by the government of military leader Sékou Touré in 1977.
Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, who led the September 5 coup that overthrew President Alpha Condé, was invested last week as interim president for an indefinite transitional period. In a speech, he stressed his “commitment” that neither he nor any member of the military government would stand in the future elections that the military has promised to hold after the transition period.
The mission of his administration, said Doumbouya, was to “rebuild the state” by drafting a new constitution, fighting corruption, reforming the electoral system and then organizing “free, credible and transparent” elections.
The coup against Condé, which takes place in an undisclosed location, was the fourth in West and Central Africa since last year, after two in Mali and one in Chad. The deposed leader is being held in an undisclosed location.
West African states, fearing a spillover effect across the region, agreed last month to impose sanctions on members of the military government and their relatives.
Condé became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and was re-elected in 2015. But last year he passed a controversial new constitution that allowed him to run for a third term in October 2020.
The move sparked mass protests in which dozens of protesters were killed. Condé was re-elected, but the political opposition maintained that the poll was a sham.