Diarra Traoré

Diarra Traoré (1935–8 July 1985) was a Guinean soldier and politician. He served as Prime Minister of Guinea briefly in 1984 as a member of a junta led by Lansana Conté. In 1985, after an attempted coup d'état against him, Conté had Traoré executed.


Traoré received his military training at the French school in Fréjus. [1] After Guinea gained its independence in 1958, he was first given command of the garrison at Koundara, then the Futa Jalon region. [1] However, President Ahmed Sékou Touré did not trust him, so he was discharged from the army. [1]

Traoré became a regional governor, being moved around regularly to various postings. [1] In the late 1970s, he joined the Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG, Parti Démocratique de Guinée). [1]

At the death of Ahmed Sékou Touré in March 1984, on 3 April, Traoré supported a coup d'état led by Lieutenant Colonel Lansana Conté. [2] The coup ousted interim President Louis Lansana Beavogui and the PDG. Conté made himself President and appointed Traoré Prime Minister. [1] Conté, Traoré and others governed as a junta—the Military Committee of National Recovery (CMRN). [3]

A few months later, however, Conté demoted Traoré to Minister of State for National Education. [1] [4] [5] On 4 July 1985, Traoré attempted to overthrow Conté, who was attending a summit in Togo, but was quickly thwarted by loyal troops. [6] Traoré went into hiding, [6] but Conté's forces swiftly captured him and showed him on television being brutally assaulted. [5] Traoré and about one hundred other military personnel, many of them also Malinké, were executed. [3] [5] [7]