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Zeinab Camara wins seat in National Assembly in Guinea


2014 Fellow Zeinab Camara has run for office for her first time in the Guinean elections and won her seat in the National Assembly.  She stood for election in Boffa as a candidate for the governing party, Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen or RPG, and won her seat with 62.4% of the vote. She ran against Abdoul Aziz Keita, the UDG candidate. 

The elections took place on March 22nd - along with a constitutional referendum - after being postponed four times from the original date in January 2019. As of March 26th, the country was waiting for judicial validation of the results. 

The 114 members of the National Assembly are elected by a mixed member system. Thirty eight are elected from single-member constituencies based on the 33 prefectures and five communes of Conakry by first-past-the-post voting, whilst the other 76 are elected from a single nationwide constituency by proportional representation.  Boffa is one of the 33 prefectures. 

Prior to running for office, Zeinab was the chief of staff of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.  Zeinab and her delegation visited several sub-prefectures and districts of Boffa for weeks prior to the official launch of the party's campaign. In her role as chief of staff at the ministry, the RPGs national party coordinator Malick Sanckon said that Zeinab had been supportive of the young people of Boffa through education and by empowering women. Speaking to a large political rally in the Koba Tatema stadium, Zeinab promised to "do things differently, so that Boffa can move forward". She also said she would defend Boffa's interests when elected and seek to make it the socioeconomic lung of Guinea.

Prior to joining the ministry, Zeinab was previously the Principal Advisor in charge of Government Relations at Rio Tinto, following the signing of the Settlement Agreement between the mining company and the government. In that role, she dealt with Ministers and senior government officials at a strategic and operational level. She was also the technical advisor to the chief of cabinet of the President where she established the National Agency for Civil Services to fight youth unemployment.

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