Mamady Youla

Guinean Prime Minister Mamady Youla on Thursday submitted the resignation of his entire government team, an official source has said.

The resignation of the outgoing government took place during the regular council of ministers, chaired by Guinean President Alpha Conde.

More than two months ago, the head of state announced an ongoing cabinet reshuffle for the appointment of new people to head the various ministerial departments.

On March 8, Conde said he will carry out a “major cabinet reshuffle”, following weeks of strikes and demonstrations in the country after disputed local elections.

Conde will install ministers “who listen to the people,” his office said in a statement.

It was released after Conde was booed by hundreds of angry women at a ceremony to mark International Women’s Day, according to an AFP correspondent.

Political unrest erupted in early February when Conde’s ruling party won the first local elections to be held since 2005, in results disputed by the main opposition party.

Around 12 people have died in the unrest, some of whom were shot dead by police.

The statement did not say when the reshuffle would happen.

Women gathered outside the Palace of the People in the capital Conakry, fearful that strikes which have closed schools will harm their children’s education.

Teachers have been pushing for wage increases but negotiations are at a standstill.

It was “not with a happy heart” that Conde saw schools closing, the Guinean presidency said, adding that he wanted to “highlight progress made by women” on March 8.