Guinea’s military ruler, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, has quickly morphed from savior to tin-pot dictator (“Guinea protest death toll climbs to 157,” World, Associated Press, Web, Tuesday).
Hailed as a liberator by ordinary Guineans when he seized power in December 2008, he quickly reversed his pledge to leave politics after two years by hinting he’d run for president in the 2010 elections. Initially viewed as a staunch enemy of his country’s endemic nepotism and cronyism, he has packed the ranks of his government with personal friends and fellow army officers.
Now, with the public fed up and demonstrating against his misrule, his troops have shot and bayoneted to death more than 120 peaceful demonstrators.
The African Union, which was already on the verge of applying sanctions on Guinea’s junta, will now be under pressure to do more. Guinea’s traditional partners, France and the United States, should lend their muscle to the campaign to push Mr. Camara out of office. He is a disgrace to Africa’s struggle to democratize.
Vice president for external relations
Bridging the Divide