Louis Lansana Beavogui

Louis Lansana Beavogui
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President of Guinea
In office
26 March 1984 – 3 April 1984
Preceded byAhmed Sékou Touré
Succeeded byLansana Conté
Prime Minister of Guinea
In office
26 April 1972 – 3 April 1984
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byDiarra Traoré
Personal details
Born(1923-12-28)28 December 1923
Macenta, French Guinea (now Guinea)
Died19 August 1984(1984-08-19) (aged 60)
Conakry, Guinea

Louis Lansana Beavogui (28 December 1923 – 19 August 1984) was a Guinean politician. He was Prime Minister from 1972 to 1984 and was briefly interim President in 1984.

Background and political career

Beavogui, a member of the Toma ethnic group,[1] was born in Macenta, located in southern Guinea. He was trained as a doctor at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy in the Senegalese city of Dakar to become a medic.[2] He first worked as an assistant medical officer in Guéckédou and then as a medical officer in Kissidougou. His political career began in 1953 as a town councillor. He was elected as Mayor of Kissidougou when he was 31 years old in 1954, and elected to the National Assembly of France in January 1956 as one of three deputies representing French Guinea. Under President Ahmed Sékou Touré, Beavogui was appointed to the government as Minister of Economic Affairs and Planning when Guinea gained its independence in 1958, and he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1961. After the Guinean government allowed Kwame Nkrumah, the ousted President of Ghana, to live in exile in Guinea, the authorities in Ghana detained Beavogui at the airport in Accra while he was on his way to Ethiopia for a conference of the Organization of African Unity in October 1966. He remained Foreign Minister until May 1969, when he was moved back to his position as Minister of Economic Affairs.[3]

At the end of the Ninth Congress of the ruling Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG) on 25 April 1972, President Touré said that Beavogui would become Prime Minister; that position had not previously existed.[3] Beavogui served as Prime Minister from 26 April 1972 to 3 April 1984.