24 Dec 2008

Coup leader names national council

8:23 pm on 24 December 2008

The leader of the coup attempt in Guinea, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, has named a national council to run the country.

It consists mostly of military officers, including several colonels and a general, but has six civilians too.

Just hours after the death was announced of the long-serving president, Lansana Conte, Captain Camara went on national radio to say the government had been overthrown.

But some civilian and military leaders say the attempted coup has failed. The head of the armed forces, General Diarra Camara, told French television the rebel officers were in a minority within the army.