Violence mounts in Guinea only days before elections

One person dies and 33 others wounded in clashes in Guinea only days before presidential elections due to take place

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Guinea security forces patrol the market of Madina where shops were burnt and looted after clashes between supporters of President Alpha Conde and his main election rival Cellou Dalein Diallo, in Conakry, Guinea October 9, 2015.

Clashes have broken out between supporters of Guinean President Alpha Conde and his main rival Cellou Dalein Diallo, causing the deaths of two people and injury of 33 including 18 members of the security forces on Friday, only two days before the elections.

The clashes came one day after President Conde announced that the Sunday’s elections will proceed despite seven opposition candidates issuing a request to delay the vote in order to gain time to fix alleged irregularities in the process.

On Friday the constitutional court also dismissed the request, arguing for the postponement of presidential elections until at least one week later.

Tensions in the West African country mounted after Guinean authorities imposed a curfew in the city of N’Zerekore on Monday, following street clashes which erupted between protesters from the President Alpha Conde’s Rally of the Guinean People Party and Cellou Dalein Diallo’s Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea party (UFDG) which killed one person and wounded 80 others.

On Thursday, only days after the curfew, one person was killed and 20 others were wounded in clashes which also caused the cancellation of Conde’s planned campaign rally.

Conde, whose election in 2010 ended two years of brutal military rule, is widely tipped to win a second mandate in the former French colony.

This is despite the country's prolonged battle with the Ebola epidemic and a slump in metal prices that has sapped revenue in the top African bauxite producer.

Conde's campaign has championed large infrastructure projects to improve electricity supplies.

The European Union said in a statement that the election campaign in Guinea is “extremely tense,” calling on all the actors to refrain from violence.


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