The former president of Guinea was on Thursday sworn in as a transitional president, a move lauded by human rights advocates, as well as by Western nations, in the wake of Thursday’s coup d’état against longtime ruler Lansana Conte.
“Yesterday I was one of the first people to congratulate Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara,” Navi Pillay, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, told reporters. “I hope that he will join me in calling for the release of all those detained during the coup.”
Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, currently the U.N.’s special envoy to Guinea, who was seated between both Conte and Camara as a witness at the swearing-in ceremony, said he hoped that “under the new rule of law that is being established, the blood of those men who died will not be spilled.”
“I am confident that Guineans will forget the blood of their soldiers and all the abuses committed by the military under this transition,” Mr. Wade said.
At the ceremony, Capt. Camara also pledged to immediately release Mr. Conte’s son, who has been held at an army base since Wednesday, although Lt. Moussa Mbacke Camara allegedly led the coup.