Thousands protest against Conde over election delays
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.
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.