Two Guinea ministers quit office

CONACRY: Two Cabinet ministers in Guinea resigned and France urged its

citizens to leave the former French colony.

Information Minister Justin Morel Jr, and Labor Minister Alpha Diallo said they cannot serve a government responsible for such violence.

A peaceful pro-democracy rally in the West African country on September 28 took a violent turn when presidential guard troops opened fire on tens of thousands of demonstrators. A Guinean human rights group says 157 people were killed. The government put the death toll at 57.

Morel resigned yesterday citing moral reasons and Diallo on Wednesday, citing religious convictions.The resignations follow that of Agriculture Minister Abdulrahmane Sano, who also cited the protest as the reason for resignation, on Monday