Mohamed Beavogui, a former civil servant and expert in agricultural finance has been named by Guinea’s military junta as prime minister on national television, Wednesday.
He is to preside over a promised transition back to democratic rule following a coup in September whose precise contours have yet to be defined.
Beavogui, 68, is also the nephew of Diallo Telli, a celebrated Guinean diplomat who served as the first secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity, the predecessor to the African Union, and was killed by the regime of dictator Sekou Touré in 1977.
Beavogui’s appointment comes days after Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, leader of the September 5 coup that ousted President Alpha Conde, was inaugurated as interim president.
He has promised to organise free and transparent elections, but no timeline was given.
Beavogui worked as a civil servant and at the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG), one of the country’s leading producers of bauxite in the 1980s.
He also worked for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organiation and, more recently, as director general of African Risk Capacity, an African Union agency that helps governments plan for natural disasters.