Guinea president speaks of Strauss-Kahn scandal

13th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Guinea's president said Monday the scandal surrounding former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a double blow -- because he is fellow socialist and his alleged victim hails from Guinea.

Alpha Conde spoke about the affair for the first time in an interview with Radio France International.

"My party (Rally of the Guinean People, RGP) is a member of the Socialist International along with the French Socialist Party," of which Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a member, Conde said.

"Therefore what has happened has greatly saddened us. We are doubly affected: firstly as socialists, but also the fact that it's a compatriot (who is involved)," the president said.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund is accused of attempting to rape a New York hotel chambermaid, a 32-year-old woman originally from the north of Guinea.

Conde said his country was ready to help the woman.

"We are not able to meet her at the moment but Guinea will give assistance to all its citizens.

"Each time a Guinean citizen finds themselves in difficulty of any sort, Guinea will be at their side, while respecting the law," he said.

Conde did not comment on the details of the case against Strauss-Kahn who denies the charges against him.

© 2011 AFP

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