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US News Guinea: Conakry under high security, mediation in progress

18:45  26 october  2020
18:45  26 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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.

Des policiers guinéens face à des manifestants, le 21 octobre à Conakry © 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.

As for several days, police officers, gendarmes and soldiers, some of them aboard pick-ups, sealed off neighborhoods deemed favorable to the opposition in the suburbs.

Shots were heard in particular in the Cosa and Sonfonia neighborhoods, without it being known whether they caused deaths or injuries.

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.

Despite a call to demonstrate on Monday from the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) against the re-election of Alpha Condé, the streets remained practically empty, with residents saying they feared for their safety.

Amnesty International said on Sunday that Guinean security forces had fired live ammunition at protesters and condemned internet shutdowns since the unrest began. Monday afternoon, the internet was still very difficult to access, according to AFP correspondents.

These disturbances, which have killed at least 27 people in a week according to the opposition and a dozen according to the authorities, continue while emissaries from the UN, the African Union (AU) and the Community of States from West Africa (ECOWAS) arrived in Guinea on Sunday.

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 .

"In my neighborhood, people say they are waiting to see the outcome of the joint mission to see which foot to dance on," a neighborhood chief told AFP speaking on condition of anonymity For safety reasons.

The international mediators were to meet during the day several ministers, representatives of the diplomatic corps and President Condé, proclaimed winner on Saturday by the electoral commission (Céni), before speaking at the end of the afternoon to the press, according to an official of ECOWAS in Conakry.

They also wished to meet the leader of the opposition party UFDG Cellou Dalein Diallo, self-proclaimed winner the day after the election on October 18 and who since denounces massive fraud and incites his activists to continue the fight until his victory be recognized.

Mr. Diallo, credited with 33.5% of the votes by the Céni, against 59.5% for Alpha Condé, told AFP to refuse to receive the emissaries at his home, where he claims to be "sequestered" since the last week.

He proposed to the international delegates a meeting in his offices, but he claims that they were ransacked by the police. "They just have to make do," he said.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, who was running for the third time in the presidential election, also confirmed his intention to lodge an appeal with the Constitutional Court, without being under any illusions.

"Even if we already know what to expect, we will do it anyway. For that we have eight clear days from the proclamation of the provisional results," he said, without further details.

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Guinea: the tripartite diplomatic mission met Cellou Dallein Diallo .
© AP Photo / Sadak Souici The opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo votes in Conakry, October 18, 2020. A joint UN-AU-ECOWAS mission has been in Conakry since Sunday to try to find a way out of the crisis. After meeting with officials from the Ceni, the government, and the diplomatic corps on Monday, October 26, she visited the home of opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo. Meanwhile, a precarious calm still reigns in the capital Conakry.

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