Cellou Dalein Diallo

Cellou Dalein Diallo
6th Prime Minister of Guinea
In office
9 December 2004 – 5 April 2006
PresidentLansana Conté
Preceded byFrançois Lonseny Fall
Vacant from 30 April to 9 December 2004
Succeeded byEugène Camara
Vacant from 5 April 2006 to 9 February 2007
Personal details
Born (1952-02-03) 3 February 1952 (age 66)
Labé, Guinea
Political partyUnion of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG)
ResidenceConakry, Guinea
Alma materUniversity of Conakry
ProfessionEconomist, politician

Cellou Dalein Diallo (born 3 February 1952[1]) is a Guinean economist and politician who was Prime Minister of Guinea from 2004 to 2006. Previously he held a succession of ministerial posts in the government from 1996 to 2004. Currently he is President of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), an opposition party.

Background and early career

Diallo, a member of the Fula ethnic group,[2][3] was born in Labé. He studied at the University of Conakry and the Center for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Paris, and in 1976 he became an inspector of trade.[4] He began working at the Bank of Foreign Trade of Guinea in 1982,[2] and from 1985 to 1995 he worked at the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea.[2][4]

After briefly working at the Administration and Control of Great Projects (l’Administration et Contrôle des Grands Projets, ACGP),[2][4] Diallo joined the government in July 1996[1][4] as Minister of Transport, Telecommunications and Tourism. He was subsequently moved to the position of Minister of Infrastructure in October 1997, where he remained until[1] he was appointed as Minister of Public Works and Transport on 12 March 1999.[5] After UTA Flight 141, a flight from Guinea, crashed in Cotonou, Benin in December 2003, Diallo said that there was no proof that his ministry had been neglectful of safety and that he would not resign.[6] Diallo served for five years as Minister of Public Works and Transport before being moved to the position of Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture on 23 February 2004.[5]