US News Presidential in Guinea: precarious calm the day after the announcement of the results

19:30  25 october  2020
19:30  25 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Presidential in Guinea: access to the center of Conakry blocked, an officer killed

 Presidential in Guinea: access to the center of Conakry blocked, an officer killed © JOHN WESSELS The center of Conakry, October 12, 2020 Guinea was living through the last hours of a feverish electoral campaign on Friday, the security forces blocking access to central Conakry for unknown reasons, while a senior officer was killed in a military camp east of the capital. No official explanation was obtained for the establishment of roadblocks blocking access to the Kaloum district, where the Guinean decision-making centers are located.

Un policier dans une rue de Conakry après des affrontements avec des manifestants le 24 octobre 2020. © RFI / Carol Valade A policeman in a street in Conakry after clashes with demonstrators on October 24, 2020.

It is a precarious calm that reigns in Guinea the day after the proclamation by the Ceni of the provisional results of the presidential election. The outgoing president, Alpha Condé was re-elected with more than 59% of the votes. Cellou Dalein Diallo, the leader and candidate of the UFDG, credited by the Ceni with 33.5% of the vote denounced "an electoral hold-up". He intends to challenge them by seeing the courts but also in the street.

With our correspondents in Conakry, Carol Valade and Charlotte Idrac

Guinea: dissensions within the Ceni on the eve of the presidential election

 Guinea: dissensions within the Ceni on the eve of the presidential election © DR Headquarters of the Ceni in Conakry, Guinea. Guineans are called to the polls tomorrow Sunday to elect the next President of the Republic. In the running, outgoing President Alpha Condé, candidate for a third term after the controversial adoption of a new Constitution. In front of him, eleven competitors, including his main opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo.

After the new tensions and violence which took place on Saturday in the country, in the upper suburbs of Conakry “the night was long and agitated by sporadic gunfire and the fear of 'a stray bullet…. », Testifies a resident of Nongo.

Not far, in the district of Cosa reigns a precarious calm. Shooting again, but no clashes reported. Defense and security forces are present in numbers. Many shops and markets are closed, as on the side of Lambanyi where shops were attacked and clashes broke out between communities which have reportedly left several wounded with stabbing weapons. Same scenario in Dar es Salaam where residents accuse the police of taking sides.

Calm is also precarious in the Upper Guinea region, the scene of violence in recent days. In Nzérékoré, in the south of the country, a few sporadic gatherings were quickly dispersed by the defense and security forces.

Presidential in Guinea: results of the voting day

 Presidential in Guinea: results of the voting day © REUTERS / Saliou Samb Guineans are waiting to be able to vote during the presidential election, on October 18, 2020, in Fria. In Guinea, the polling stations for the presidential election were to close this Sunday, October 18 at 6 p.m. local time. Outgoing President Alpha Condé, 82, is running for a third term after the controversial adoption of a new constitution. In total, nearly 5.5 million voters were called to the polls to choose from the twelve candidates running.

It is difficult to obtain a reliable assessment of this post-election violence. Both sides accuse each other of being at the origin. One thing is certain, there are children among the victims. Unicef ​​in Guinea says it is "deeply alarmed" by the violence and urges all parties to "ensure the safety and protection of children".

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN on Saturday launched a call for a peaceful solution through dialogue on this new electoral dispute in Guinea. Emissaries from the UN, the African Union and the ECOWAS are also announced in Conakry for a joint preventive diplomacy mission.

Social networks and internet severely disrupted

Internet and social networks have been severely disrupted for a few days in Guinea. The Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPT) admits and justifies the blocking of certain social networks. And it was on the social network Twitter that the deputy director general of the ARTP gave explanations.

Riots after presidential election in Guinea

 Riots after presidential election in Guinea Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo was twice defeated by incumbent Condé in presidential elections in Guinea. Now he wants to know and creates facts - even before the official results are announced. © John Wessels / AFP / AFP / Getty Images police officers tear gas against supporters of opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo Riots broke out in West African Guinea after opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo declared himself the winner of presidential election on Sunday .

“A social media monitoring system has been put in place by restricting their bandwidth to intensify our fight against online hatred and incitement to ethnic confrontation during this time of tension. We must take our responsibilities to live together. This is not a total cut off of the Internet, even if it is true that one of the actors is having technical difficulties setting up the device, "wrote Mami Diaby, the head of the ARPT.

For his part, Alpha Diallo, president of the Association of Bloggers of Guinea, (Ablogui) says he is "very surprised" by this justification which he considers "unacceptable". For him, the deputy director general of the ARPT recognizes "the establishment of a censorship system". He asks on what legal provisions this restriction is based. For the president of Ablogui, the operator Orange Guinea is not responsible for the disruptions.

After tests, it was still still impossible to connect to the internet on mobile via this Orange Guinea network at the start of the Sunday afternoon. The disruption began as early as Thursday evening and yesterday Saturday, when the overall provisional results were announced by the Electoral Commission. It was then that the network seems to have also deteriorated on other operators such as MTN, which has since been accessible again. However, international calls to Guinea via Orange are working again.

Tanzania: the outgoing Magufuli about to crush the opposition in the ballot box .
© Alain BOMMENEL Map of Tanzania The counting of the presidential and legislative ballots continues on Friday in Tanzania, where the outgoing John Magufuli and his party, the CCM, are in the process of crushing in the ballot box the opposition, already strangled for the past five years and which cries of fraud. The CCM, in power continuously since independence, is already assured of a large absolute majority in Parliament.

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