Guinea: Killings, Violence erupted in Conakry during a funeral march

On Monday, demonstrators have taken to the streets over suspicions that President Alpha Conde is seeking to prolong his rule.

People carry coffins during the funeral after last street protests and unrest that resulted in nine deaths in Conakry, on November 4, 2019. Crowds of protesters marched through the Guinean capital of Conakry on October 24, 2019 in the latest round of demonstrations against President Alpha Conde, accused of trying to circumvent a bar on a third term in office. PHOTO: CELLOU BINANI / AFP

Guinea is in political dilemma as it awaits an announcement from President Alpha Condé about whether he will attempt to change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term in the 2020 presidential elections.

Conde’s opponents also fear he seeks to modify the constitution to stand for a third term in 2020, which is currently prohibited.

President Condé has not said whether he intends to run again, but on October 9 his government completed consultations on the need for a new constitution.

The current constitution stated that, Condé, aged 81, would have to end his term next year October and would not be able to run again.

Five reported dead in protests against Guinea President Conde’s third term bid

The Political limbo in Guinea

Security forces on 14 Oct blocked access to houses of Sidya Touré, president of the opposition party Union of Republican Forces, and Cellou Dalein Diallo, leader of the largest opposition party Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea.

The court in Kankan 18 Oct acquitted six FNDC figures arrested on 14 October. Also a court in Conakry on October gave eight FNDC figures who were arrested on 12th of October jail terms ranging from six months to one year for inciting civil disobedience.

Electoral commission president on 14 October said that legislative elections, originally scheduled for 2018, would take place on December 28; on October 22 electoral commission postponed elections sine die, citing technical reasons. Also, the security forces over several days arrested several hundred alleged West African migrants across country.

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