Thou­sands protest against Conde over elec­tion de­lays

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

Sev­eral thou­sand op­po­nents of Guinea’s Pres­i­dent Al­pha Conde protested in the cap­i­tal Con­akry on Wed­nes­day against elec­tion de­lays and in­se­cu­rity, as po­lit­i­cal ten­sions es­ca­late.

Conde’s elec­tion win in 2010 ended two years of vi­o­lent mil­i­tary rule but his op­po­nents say he has cracked down on dis­sent - some protests have been banned - and fear he might try to change the con­sti­tu­tion to seek a third term in 2020.

Conde has de­clined to com­ment on whether he wants to do so.

“We de­mand re­spect for the law and more se­cu­rity and jus­tice for our fel­low cit­i­zens,” Conde’s main po­lit­i­cal ri­val, Cel­lou Dalein Diallo, told re­porters as he ral­lied demon­stra­tors in Con­akry’s Cosa neigh­bor­hood, an op­po­si­tion strong­hold.

Conde and Diallo signed an agree­ment last Oc­to­ber to or­ga­nize may­oral elec­tions by Fe­bru­ary but they have yet to be held. In a state­ment on Tues­day, Conde urged Guinea’s po­lit­i­cal class to work to­gether to im­ple­ment the stalled ac­cord.

Photo: AFP.

De­fen­dants Ke­mal Bat­maz (first row, C) and Akin Oz­turk (sec­ond row, C) and other de­fen­dants are ac­com­pa­nied by gen­darmerie as they ar­rive for their trial at Sin­can Pe­nal Institution at the 4th Heavy Pe­nal Court near Ankara yes­ter­day.

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