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In pictures: Guineans cheer coup

Soldiers backing the coup attempt in Guinea parade in the streets of the capital, Conakry, 24 December 2008

Thousands of people have turned out in the Guinean capital, Conakry, to welcome soldiers supporting a coup that followed the death of President Lansana Conte.

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara parades Guinea's capital, Conakry, 24 December 2008

A junior army officer, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, has been declared head of a council replacing the government. But the government has insisted it is still in power.

Guineans stand outside a Lansana Conte foundation in the Guinean capital, Conakry, 24 December 2008

President Conte, who had ruled since 1984, died on Monday night after a "long illness". His funeral is expected on Friday.

A supporter of the coup attempt in Guinea poses in the capital, Conakry, 24 December 2008

Coup leaders have claimed that forces loyal to the government are plotting a return to power, while government leaders have appealed for the international community to intervene.

Soldiers backing the coup attempt in Guinea parade in the streets of the capital, Conakry, 24 December 2008

Correspondents say it is important to see whether the army is united, since any power struggle could be extremely dangerous given Guinea's ethnic divisions.



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