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Guinea’s ousted ex-president returns from medical trip

Guinea’s ousted ex-president returns from medical trip

GUINEA'S former president, Alpha Conde, ousted in a military coup in September, returned to the country after a trip to the United Arab Emirates for a medical check-up, the interim government said. Conde, 84, who is under house arrest in Guinea but is allowed to receive visitors, left the West African nation in January after the junta allowed him to travel on medical grounds. "The former president will remain in Guinea for as long as his health permits", the junta said in a late-night statement read on national television. "His integrity and dignity will always be respected." Guinea's coup was…
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Guinea’s Condé accepts nomination to seek third term

Guinea’s Condé accepts nomination to seek third term

GUINEA President Alpha Condé has accepted his party’s nomination to run in October’s election, the party said on Monday, taking advantage of a new constitution to seek a third term that his opponents say is unconstitutional. Condé, who was first elected in 2010, pushed through a change to the constitution that was approved by a referendum in March that was boycotted by the opposition. Talk of a potential third term sparked widespread protests that have killed at least 30 people over the past year. Condé’s supporters say the constitutional change acts as a reset button on the two-term limit. The…
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Africa’s attempts to abandon practice of presidents for life suffer another setback

Africa’s attempts to abandon practice of presidents for life suffer another setback

ADEM K. ADEBE, Extraordinary Lecturer and editor of ConstitutionNet, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, University of Pretoria IVORIAN president Alassane Ouattara (78) has finally confirmed he’ll seek a third term in office in October. Within days of this, Guinea’s ruling party asked President Alpha Condé (82) to seek a third term. The actions signal that Africa is a long way from burying the ugly era of presidents for life. The period, which followed immediately after independence and lasted until the end of the 1990s, had a debilitating effect on stability, democracy and socio-economic development on the continent. In…
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China offers backing to Guinea president after disputed election

China offers backing to Guinea president after disputed election

CHINA offered its backing to Guinea's President Alpha Conde, congratulating him on his re-election despite accusations from the opposition of fraud during the vote in the major bauxite producer. "China and Guinea are good friends," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular news briefing. "We value our tradition of friendship and stand ready to work with the Guinean side to further advance our comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to achieve benefits to our two peoples." China has mining interests in Guinea in iron ore and bauxite, used for making steel and aluminium respectively. China is the top world producer…
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Guinea opposition candidate claims victory, violence erupts

Guinea opposition candidate claims victory, violence erupts

SALIOU SAMB GUINEA opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo claims he has won the first round of the October 18 presidential election, but his claim was quickly disputed by the electoral commission and the government, setting the stage for a stand-off. "Despite the serious anomalies that marred the smooth running of the ... election and in view of the results that came out of the ballot boxes, I am victorious in this election in the first round," Diallo told journalists and cheering supporters. He did not give any figures but said the tally was based on his party's count, not an…
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Guinea votes on third term for Conde amid voter-card concerns

Guinea votes on third term for Conde amid voter-card concerns

SALIOU SAMB POLLS have closed and counting has begun in Guinea following a largely peaceful day in which voters decided whether to give 82-year-old President Alpha Conde a third mandate, made possible by a constitutional change in March. At least 50 people have been killed over the past year during demonstrations against the new constitution, according to Amnesty International, and violence erupted repeatedly during campaigning. A spokesman for the national election commission said the vote was "calm, serene and done with enthusiasm", but a number of people including one of the candidates said they had been turned away at polling…
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“Dangerous rhetoric” as Conde seeks third presidential term in Guinea

“Dangerous rhetoric” as Conde seeks third presidential term in Guinea

SALIOU SAMB GUINEANS head to the polls on Sunday in a tense election in which octogenarian President Alpha Conde is seeking to extend his rule into a third term, drawing fierce criticism from opponents who say he is breaking the law by running again. Conde became the West African country's first democratically elected leader in 2010, bringing hope of progress after years of dictatorship and military rule. Critics say he has carried on that authoritarian tradition with deadly crackdowns on dissent and neglect of the ordinary citizen. Voters in a March referendum approved changes to the constitution that Conde argues…
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Guinea’s Conde wins presidency with 59.5% of vote

Guinea’s Conde wins presidency with 59.5% of vote

GUINEA’S President Alpha Conde won the October 18 election with 59.5% of the vote, according to a full preliminary tally from the election commission on Saturday. The victory, which requires confirmation by the Constitutional Court, gives a third term in office to the 82-year-old Conde after a bitterly fought election in which the opposition said he had no right to participate. Conde says a constitutional referendum in March reset his two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power. Results were announced in batches in recent days and already showed Conde with an unassailable lead,…
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Guinea President Conde vows to tackle corruption during third term

Guinea President Conde vows to tackle corruption during third term

SALIOU SAMB GUINEA President Alpha Conde promised on Tuesday to tackle corruption among senior officials during his third term, with policies aimed at helping the poor in the minerals-rich nation whom he described as victims of bureaucratic neglect. At a swearing-in ceremony in Conakry after his victory in the bitterly-contested Oct. 18 presidential election, the 82-year-old Conde said he planned to govern the West African nation of nearly 13 million people in a different way. "During the last two mandates, I noticed that the poor anonymous people in villages were abandoned by ministers and senior civil servants," Conde said in…
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Defiant junta rejects pressure to let Conde leave Guinea

Defiant junta rejects pressure to let Conde leave Guinea

SALIOU SAMB GUINEA’S military junta has refused to bow to regional pressure and allow President Alpha Conde, detained since his overthrow on September 5, to leave the country. On Friday Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara and Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo paid a one-day visit to Conakry to ask coup leader Mamady Doumbouya, a special forces commander and former French Legionnaire, for Conde's release. Ouattara had been hoping to leave Guinea with Conde, a senior regional government official told Reuters. "The former president is and remains in Guinea. We will not yield to any pressure," the junta said in a statement…
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