Guinea's Conde sacks 11 ministers in surprise cabinet shake-up

* Move comes amid tensions over delayed elections

* President removes last remnants of 2008-2010 junta

CONAKRY, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Guinea's President Alpha Condesacked 11 of his government ministers in a surprise cabinetreshuffle announced on state television late on Friday.

The statement from the presidency gave no reason for theshake-up, but the move comes amid heightened tensions in theworld's top supplier of the aluminium ore bauxite overlong-delayed parliamentary elections.

Among the principle changes was the nomination of formerprime minister and career diplomat François Louceny Fall to thepost of state minister for foreign affairs.

Agriculture Minster Jean Marc Telliano and Construction andUrban Development Minister Mathurin Bangoura, whose conspicuousacquisition of wealth while in office had raised publicaccusations of corruption, were both sacked.

"Telliano was a problem for the president. He weakened Condein respect to his fight against corruption. General Bangoura wasseen in a bit the same manner," a source close to thepresidency, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

In addition to Bangoura, two other generals were dismissed,removing from the government the last remaining vestiges of a2008-2010 military junta that seized power following the deathof long-time dictator Lansana Conte.

President Conde was elected in late 2010 in a vote thatended military rule but which was tainted by deadly riots andopposition complaints of fraud.

His government has been trying to organise legislativeelections, the last major step in the transition back tocivilian rule and is key to unlocking millions of dollars infrozen aid. But progress has been slowed by opposition worriesthat the electoral body is biased.

Dozens of people were injured and at least one was killed inviolent clashes between government and opposition supporters inthe capital Conakry last month.

(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing byEric Walsh)

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