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Former President of Guinea Kumba Yala died at 61

Apr 5, 2014 16:50 IST

Former President of Guinea Kumba Yala died at the age of 61 due to cardiac arrest on 4 April 2014. Kumba was elected civilian President of Guinea in 2001 and ruled the country till 2003.

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He was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2003. He founded the Social Renewal Party (PRS) in 1992 and he was the president of the Party.

Yala belonged to the Balanta ethnic group and was a professor of Philosophy. He did masters in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

About Guinea
Guinea or Republic of Guinea is a West African country. It is also known as French Guinea. It declared its independence from France in 1958.

Guinea is a republic with Presidential system but it was governed by autocratic rulers till 2010. The first free and fair presidential election was held in 2010.

Guinea has abundant natural resources including 25 percent of World’s bauxite reserves. Guinea also has diamonds, gold, and other metals. It has great potential for hydroelectric power.

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