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New leadership in Guinea vows free-enterprise shift

Guinea's new military leadership pledged Wednesday to favor free enterprise in a radical shift away from past socialist policies, which it said had led to economic ruin. The news came in a statement was read on Conakry Radio on behalf of a ''Committee of National Redemption,'' which seized power in a coup Tuesday.

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The radio, monitored here, said the 18-member committee, led by Army Col. Lansana Conte, had acted to ''correct a situation that had lasted far too long.''

The military, it said, would respect all individual freedoms, including freedom of speech. The new leadership's first concrete move was the release of all political prisoners, with a pledge to rehabilitate the memory of all those who were murdered by the previous regime, it said.

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