Guinea President Reshuffles Cabinet, Aims to Revive Economy

CONAKRY—Guinea's President Alpha Conde has appointed a close confidante as minister of mines and an economist as finance minister in a big government reshuffle aimed at kick starting an economy recovering from an Ebola epidemic.

The reshuffle that brings 16 people into government comes after Conde was elected in October to a second five-year term and follows his decision to name mining executive Mamady Youla as prime minister.

The West African country is a major producer of bauxite, an aluminum ore, but growth has slowed due to a slump in metals prices and a two-year epidemic that killed more than 2,500 people and has driven away some investors. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS ONLINE

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