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Guinean President Alpha Condé has appointed the first ever female brigadier general.

Mahawa Sylla was promoted on 8 March which was the International Women’s Day.

During the announcement, President Condé promised to promote women’s empowerment saying, “women come first in Guinea”.

A tweeter congratulated Gen Sylla:

Gen Sylla studied at the Command and Staff College in China and obtained a diploma in 2014, according to Vision Guinee news website.

She was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary General of the National Defence Council in late 2017.

She also served with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).

Guinea’s directorate of information and public relations of the armed forces said Gen Sylla was promoted based on proposals given by the national defence ministry.