UPDATE 3-Guinea junta offers steps towards civilian rule

Thu Jan 7, 2010 2:02am GMT

* Junta will accept opposition prime minister

* Transitional government would chose new election date

* Wounded junta leader needs more time to heal

* Camara in intensive care, says Morocco (Adds Moroccan foreign ministry statement)

By Saliou Samb

CONAKRY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Guinea's deputy junta chief pledged on Wednesday to pave the way for a return to civilian rule and announced that military leader Moussa Dadis Camara would need time to recover after an assassination attempt.

The comments by Sekouba Konate on state television were the clearest signal yet that Camara's political future was in doubt after a Dec. 3 gun attack, and offered a possible way out of the deepening crisis in the unstable West African state, the world's top exporter of the aluminium ore bauxite.

"His life is not in danger but it will need time and patience, and medical attention for some time for him to recover fully," said Konate, who is also defence minister.

"We need to act to restore peace and the unity of all Guineans, and to put our state and political system on a new foundation," he said, promising to accept a prime minister drawn from the opposition as part of national unity government.   Continued...

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