A temporary ban has been placed on beauty pageants in Guinea in response to outrage over bikinis.
Mamady Youla, the country’s prime minister, had attended a beauty pageant during the weekend, where contestants in swimsuits (bikinis) paraded in front of him.
This elicited criticisms from Guineans who accused the prime minister of encouraging prostitution by being present at the event.
Many nationals of the country had taken to social media to slam their government and express their distaste, BBC Afrique reports.
Guinea is an extremely conservative society with a majority Muslim population.
The government has said the ban will remain in place until a committee is set up to establish a new code of ethics.
Siaka Barry, Guinea’s culture minister, said the government had terminated its contract with the organisers of the pageant.
Barry was also present at the beauty pageant that led to the government-ordered ban.
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