Guinea

Conakry (AFP) One person died in opposition party clashes with security forces in Guinea during vote counting for local elections, police told AFP on Monday, as activists alleged fraud marred the vote. Guinean opposition leaders have denounced the west African country’s long-delayed local elections held on Sunday, saying vote rigging with proxy ballots happened in several polling stations. A special riot squad was deployed on Monday, and clashed in the western city of Kindia with supporters of former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, who leads the Guinea Union of DemocraticRead More
Conakry (AFP) Guinean opposition leaders on Sunday denounced the west African country’s long-delayed local elections as fraudulent, citing vote rigging in polling stations across the west African country. “There is fraud at the national level,” said former prime minister Sidya Toure after polls closed at 1800 GMT. “We are seeing problems, especially concerning ink, in a lot of polling stations,” added Toure, who heads the opposition Union of Republican Forces (UFR). The local elections are the first since the end of the era of military dictatorship and follow eight yearsRead More
Conakry (AFP) Fourteen suspects held over a 2009 stadium massacre in Guinea which killed 157 people are to go before a criminal tribunal after a legal investigation concluded, the country’s justice minister said. “I am happy to announce to you that the judicial investigation into the 2009 Conakry stadium massacre ended on December 29. (It) took almost seven years,” said Cheick Sako. “The committal order to go before the criminal tribunal was taken at the same time on Friday, opening the way to trial,” said Sako, adding a steering committeeRead More
Conakry (AFP) Teachers in Guinea said Thursday they have agreed to suspend their month-old strike following an offer by religious leaders to mediate talks with the government. “We decided to suspend our movement because our imams, our religious leaders got involved in the negotiations,” said Aboubacar Soumah, the deputy leader of the West African country’s teachers’ union. Soumah had called for a teachers’ walkout on November 13 over salary increases, which drew thousands of pupils onto the streets in support. In front of a crowd of about 300 teachers gatheredRead More
Conakry (AFP) Several people were killed in clashes between gold miners on the Mali-Guinea border this week, Guinean and Malian officials said Wednesday. Despite having areas rich in gold, both Guinea and Mali are among the world’s poorest countries, with many miners going it alone or in small groups to search for minerals, usually with little safety equipment. Mali’s armed forces said Wednesday that four gendarmes were killed while attempting to secure a mine in Niaouleni, southwestern Mali, on Monday. “They were victims of gunfire from Guinean nationals linked toRead More
Conakry (AFP) More than 40 radio stations in Guinea suspended programming for 24 hours in protest at the shutdown of a regional broadcaster for attempting to interview the leader of a teachers’ strike. The silent act of solidarity began at 12 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday following three hours of broadcasts earlier in the day devoted to the topic of press freedom. The URTELGUI media union told members it expected “strict respect” of the blackout in a statement late Monday, while presenting excuses to the Guinean people for any “inconvenience”.Read More
Conakry (AFP) Guinean judges have completed an investigation into a massacre in which at least 157 opposition supporters were killed and 109 women raped by troops in a stadium in 2009, the justice ministry said in a statement Thursday. In September 2009, a massive opposition protest in a stadium in Conakry against then junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara’s rule ended in bloodshed when his security forces opened fire on the crowd. In a joint statement, human rights organisations and victims of the massacre said the three investigating judges had notifiedRead More
Conakry (AFP) Authorities in Guinea said Tuesday that they had found at least 19 bodies believed to have washed up from neighbouring Sierra Leone following catastrophic flooding and mudslides there. Some 500 people died and more than 800 were reported missing after the disaster that struck Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on August 13-14, when heavy rains swept away everything in their path. Two weeks later, officials in Guinea said bodies had washed up as far away as the capital Conakry, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) from Freetown, as well asRead More
Conakry (AFP) Thousands of opposition activists took to the streets of Guinea’s capital on Wednesday to demand local elections be held after a 12-year absence, pressuring President Alpha Conde to set a date. Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo led protesters who brandished signs reading “Alpha Conde, seven years of promises is enough” on a march from a Conakry suburb into the city. “I call on you to mobilise to confront the serious attacks on democracy by President Alpha Conde and his refusal to respect the conclusions of political agreementsRead More