Dadis Camara, Moussa (Guinea)
Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara claimed the presidency in Dec. 2008 as leader of the Conseil National de la Démocratie et du Développement/National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD), after a coup d’état following the death of President Lansana Conté. Camara’s stated aim was to restore order to a country crippled by corruption, inflation and high unemployment, and he vowed to hold free and fair elections.
Moussa Dadis Camara was born in 1964 to a farming family in the southeastern village of Koure, Lola Prefecture. He went to school in the regional capital of Nzérékoré before graduating in law and economics from Abdel Nasser University in Conakry. He later earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Conakry.
Camara joined the army in 1990 and was sent abroad on training courses, including 18 months in Germany from 2004–05. In May 2008 he was a prominent figure in a military revolt over unpaid bonuses and the release of military prisoners. In...