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Republic of Guinea elections: Opposition suspends protest for United Nations talks / Africa News


The opposition party in the Republic of Guinea has said that is has agreed to suspend several days of protest over delayed legislative elections for the  United Nations-mediate talks which will aim at ending the political deadlock regarding legislative elections in the country.

Officials said last week that at least 20 people have been killed and more than 300 others wounded in clashes since March between opposition supporters, security forces and President Alpha Conde’s supporters in the capital Conakry.

The opposition has accused President Alpha Conde of trying to manipulate the election process for his party to win the majority in parliament but the government has strongly denied the allegation.

Former Prime Minister and now a prominent opposition leader Sidya Toure confirmed to reporters that they have suspended their protest for the intervention of the United Nations.

“We have decided to postpone our protest to enable the United Nations to take over the process and give dialogue a chance,” Mr. Toure said.

“We are giving Said Djinnit (U.N. special representative in the region), one week for the mediation. We are showing good faith,” he added.

The opposition has said that president Alpha Conde did not consulted them before announcing the date of the delayed legislative elections and called for its supporters to protest until the president backs down and calls off the slated June 30 elections this year.

The Africa regional director for Washington-based think tank, the National Democratic Institute NDI Christopher Fomunyoh has that it is becoming worrying looking at the tribal nature of the country politics.

Political analysts have also cautioned the United Nations to step up measures to ensure speedy complete transitional process for the country to return to fully civilian rule so as to avoid the situation in Sierra Leon and Mali.

Guinea has a long standing history in military coup d’état ever since the country gained independence from France.

General Lansana Conte staged a coup in 1984 following the death of President Sekou Toure and ruled for 24 years.

Hours after the death of Lansana Conte, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in 2008, ushering the country into two more years of military.

But President Alpha Conde won presidential a election in 2010 but there has been a deadlock on how legislative elections will be held.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

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