Ex-Guinea junta leader to chair political party

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Posted: May 05, 2015 5:16 PM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The lawyer for Guinea's former junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, says he has been appointed to head a political party.

Jean Baptiste Jocamey Haba on Tuesday said Camara had resigned from the army and is being invested in by people who trust him. He said Camara was named chair of the Patriotic Forces for Democracy and Development on Sunday.

The announcement comes ahead of elections slated for October.

Camara seized power in a 2008 military coup, hours after the death of longtime despot Lansana Conte. Camara was shot in the head in 2009 by a top aide, and went to Burkina Faso in a peace deal. The junta's No. 2 seized the opportunity to arrange for the tarnished military to step aside and allow democratic elections to unfold in 2010.