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Here are some interesting facts about Guinea - Category: Introduction - Background: Guinea has had only two presidents since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Lansana CONTE came to power in 1984 when the military seized the government after the death of the first president, Sekou TOURE. Guinea did not hold democratic elections until 1993 when Gen. CONTE (head of the military government) was elected president of the civilian government. He was reelected in 1998 and again in 2003, though all the polls have been marred by irregularities. Guinea has maintained its internal stability despite spillover effects from conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia. As those countries have rebuilt, Guinea's own vulnerability to political and economic crisis has increased. Declining economic conditions and popular dissatisfaction with corruption and bad governance prompted two massive strikes in 2006; a third nationwide strike in early 2007 sparked violent protests in many Guinean cities and prompted two weeks of martial law. To appease the unions and end the unrest, CONTE named a new prime minister in March 2007.

Category: Government - Administrative divisions: 33 prefectures and 1 special zone (zone special)*; Beyla, Boffa, Boke, Conakry*, Coyah, Dabola, Dalaba, Dinguiraye, Dubreka, Faranah, Forecariah, Fria, Gaoual, Gueckedou, Kankan, Kerouane, Kindia, Kissidougou, Koubia, Koundara, Kouroussa, Labe, Lelouma, Lola, Macenta, Mali, Mamou, Mandiana, Nzerekore, Pita, Siguiri, Telimele, Tougue, Yomou

Category: People - Nationality: noun: Guinean(s); adjective: Guinean

Category: Economy - Imports - commodities (%): petroleum products, metals, machinery, transport equipment, textiles, grain and other foodstuffs

Category: Geography - Total renewable water resources (cu km): 226 cu km (1987)

Category: Transportation - Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 11; 1,524 to 2,437 m: 6; 914 to 1,523 m: 3; under 914 m: 2 (2007)

Category: Communications - Telephone system: general assessment: inadequate system of open-wire lines, small radiotelephone communication stations, and new microwave radio relay system; domestic: Conakry reasonably well served; coverage elsewhere remains inadequate and large companies tend to rely on their own systems for nationwide links; combined fixed and mobile-cellular teledensity is about 2 per 100 persons; international: country code - 224; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Category: Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 1.7% of GDP (2006)

Category: Transnational Issues - Trafficking in persons: current situation: Guinea is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation; the majority of victims are children, and internal trafficking is more prevalent than transnational trafficking; within the country, girls are trafficked primarily for domestic servitude and sexual exploitation, while boys are trafficked for forced agricultural labor, and as forced beggars, street vendors, shoe shiners, and laborers in gold and diamond mines; some Guinean men are also trafficked for agricultural labor within Guinea; transnationally, girls are trafficked into Guinea for domestic servitude and likely also for sexual exploitation; tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Guinea is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to eliminate trafficking over 2006; Guinea demonstrated minimal law enforcement efforts for a second year in a row, while protection efforts diminished over efforts in 2006; the government did not report any trafficking convictions in 2007; due to a lack of resources, the government does not provide shelter services for trafficking victims; the government took no measures to reduce the demand for commercial sexual exploitation (2008)

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  1. Transportation - Roadways (km): total: 44,348 km; paved: 4,342 km; unpaved: 40,006 km (2003)

  2. Government - Legal system: based on French civil law system, customary law, and decree; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations

  3. Economy - Imports - commodities (%): petroleum products, metals, machinery, transport equipment, textiles, grain and other foodstuffs

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook