India Guinea: the tension rises again, the power of Condé requisitions the army

01:40  24 october  2020
01:40  24 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

Alpha Condé mobilizes in his stronghold of Upper Guinea

 Alpha Condé mobilizes in his stronghold of Upper Guinea © C. Valade / RFI Alpha Condé meeting in Kankan during his campaign for the presidential election, October 13, 2020. The President of the Republic, candidate for a third term in the presidential election this Sunday continues its tour in the interior of the country. After Forest Guinea Alpha Condé won Tuesday, October 13 the region of Upper Guinea considered the bastion of his party the RPG.

Guinea ’s government ordered the army to end violent protests over election results that show incumbent President Alpha Conde is set to win a third term. Territorial Administration Minister Bourema Conde “ requisitioned the national army to maintain order in the country,” state-owned broadcaster

The Republic of Guinea Armed Forces (French: Forces armées guinéennes) are the armed forces of Guinea . They are responsible for the territorial security of Guinea 's border and the defence of the

  Guinée: la tension monte encore, le pouvoir de Condé réquisitionne l'armée © Supplied by Le Point

The tension rose again a notch in Guinea Friday, the power giving a turn of screw security in the awaiting the official and final results of the presidential election, which should credit the outgoing Alpha Condé with an absolute majority in the first round.

The authorities requisitioned the army, announced on national television Thursday evening, while new clashes between young supporters of the challenger of M. Condé , Cellou Dalein Diallo , and security forces were reported on Friday in Conakry and in the provinces.

A photographer from the AFP saw around thirty pick-ups loaded with soldiers ascending the axis leading from the center of the capital to the outlying districts which have been the hotbeds of violence and contestation for months.

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Witnesses have reported violent clashes in the Sonfonia neighborhood. The press described incidents and heavy gunfire in Labé (center).

Guinea has been plunged for a year into a deep pollitic crisis. Months of mobilization against the possibility of a third term of Mr. Condé, repeatedly harshly repressed, have resulted in dozens of civilian deaths.

As feared on all sides, after an acrimonious campaign interspersed with incidents, spirits were heated with the presidential election.


Violence has killed ten people since Sunday according to the authorities, 27, all shot dead in Conakry and in the provinces, according to Mr. Diallo's party, the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) .

Mr. Diallo, beaten by Mr. Condé in 2010 and 2015, proclaimed his victory on Monday based on the data reported by his supporters sent to the polling stations not to rely on official bodies, the electoral commission and the Constitutional Court, subservient to power according to him. He claims 53% of the vote.

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 Presidential in Guinea: campaign under tension, the opposition mobilized © Cellou Binani, AFP The opposition presidential candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, during a demonstration by his supporters on October 15, 2020 in Conakry. The campaign for the uncertain presidential election in Guinea entered its home stretch on Thursday with the return of the two main candidates, President Alpha Condé and Cellou Dalein Diallo, in the capital, Conakry.

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The authorities accuse Mr. Diallo of blowing on the embers. In a video posted on social networks, Mr. Condé's party, the Rally of the People of Guinea (RPG), calls Mr. Diallo an "arsonist", and speaks of "a call for murder and civil war" His part.

The fronts have continued to harden as the commission recalls the results of a number of constituencies every evening. This tedious ritual has gradually drawn the contours of an official victory for Mr. Condé, enraging the supporters of Mr. Diallo.

Thursday evening, the electoral commission had communicated the results of 37 of the 38 national constituencies - excluding foreign constituencies, much smaller - leaving no longer any doubt on what the outcome would be for the official bodies.

According to the addition of these results, Mr. Condé wins with more than 2.4 million votes out of about 3.9 million votes cast, far behind Mr. Diallo (about 1.2 million votes) and ensuring an absolute majority and re-election in the first round.

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Mr. Diallo's party denounces a "large-scale fraud". "When Alpha saw that he could not win, he mobilized his prefects, his sub-prefects, his agents in the regions to save his mandate," Diallo told AFP on Friday.

The authorities have deployed a large police force around his house in Conakry, for his own safety, they say. Mr. Diallo says he is "sequestered". The authorities also sealed his offices, to remove the evidence of his victory, he said, for broadcasting "messages contrary to public order", they assure.

Guineans are worried that the latest results by the electoral commission, perhaps Friday, still ignite passions.

Guinea found itself on Friday with a severely degraded internet. Netblocks, a group that monitors such cuts, explained that they suspected the action of the Guinean state. This would be to control the dissemination of information at a critical time.

Such censorship had already been observed in March during a constitutional referendum and controversial legislative elections. Mr. Condé was not yet officially a candidate for his succession. The new constitution aimed to modernize the country, he said. It marks the advent of a new Republic, which therefore resets, he believes, his presidential counter to zero and allows him to run for a new term.

A National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, led by Mr. Diallo, then led the anti-Condé protest. He called on Friday for the resumption of demonstrations across the country from Monday "until the departure of dictator Alpha Condé".

23/10/2020 21:38:17 - Conakry (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Guinea: Conakry under high security, mediation in progress .
© JOHN WESSELS Guinean police officers in front of demonstrators, October 21 in Conakry The police were still deployed in large numbers on Monday in Conakry, where the he atmosphere remained tense as international mediation continues after the post-electoral violence that followed the contested re-election of outgoing President Alpha Condé, according to AFP journalists and witnesses.

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