An outbreak of Ebola hit Guinea in March 2014 and spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. By September, is estimated to have killed about 430 people in Guinea, and there were nearly 650 suspected and confirmed cases of it in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In late August, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international emergency. It is the worst outbreak since the virus was first identified almost 40 years ago.
In the Oct. 2015 presidential election, President Conde won a second term. After the election, Conde appointed Guinean businessman Mamady Youla as prime minster. Youla"s appointment showed Conde"s focus on business, including boosting the country"s private sector. Youla assumed office on Dec. 29, 2015.
See also Encyclopedia: Guinea .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Guinea