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Barkere weekly news. A week in Guinea, September 18, 2010

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Guinea postpones presidential poll.
Guinea poll chief dies days before critical vote.
UN Urges Guinea to Set Election Date.
Fire hits Guinea election security force office only a day after hitting a warehouse storing voting materials.
Electoral uncertainties in Guinea worries O I F.
The music star Takana Zion called Guineans to vote for Cellou Dalein Diallo.
Sekouba Konaté may get a cold welcome in USA.
Guinea Bissau President visits Guinea.

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Guinea postpones presidential poll.

Guinean authorities have decided to postpone a presidential election run-off due in four days due to a lack of preparedness, with an announcement on the new date due on Thursday, election commission officials said.

Street battles between rival political camps left one dead and 50 injured this week, while turmoil within the election body itself cast doubts over whether the world's top bauxite exporter can complete its transition from junta to civilian rule.

Election officials emerging from hours of talks in the capital Conakry blamed a lack of necessary voting equipment on the postponement and said it could take up to two weeks for arrangements to be in place.

Guinea poll chief dies days before critical vote.
 A family friend says Guinea's election commission chief has died just days before a scheduled critical election.

Mamadou Bah says Ben Sekou Sylla died overnight Monday at a Paris hospital. Sylla has been ill for some time and a temporary successor was appointed. But his death raises succession issues that could impact the presidential runoff that was scheduled for September 19.

UN Urges Guinea to Set Election Date.
The U.N. Security Council is urging Guinea to act swiftly in setting a new date for the presidential runoff election, which was postponed earlier in the week.

After a closed-door Council meeting Friday, the U.N. body said holding peaceful, free and fair elections is vital to re-establishing constitutional order in Guinea. 

The election had been set for Sunday.  Guinea's electoral commission postponed the vote Wednesday after allegations of fraud, the death of the electoral commission president and political violence.

Fire hits Guinea election security force office.
A second fire has broken out in Guinea's capital; only a day after a warehouse storing voting materials for a now-delayed election went up in flames.
The Friday night blaze tore through the headquarters of Guinea's election security force.
Lt. Col. Patcho Bangoura blamed the fire on a short-circuit, the same cause cited after Thursday's blaze. Bangoura said many of the city's buildings are very old.
However, supporters of leading presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo accused the government of sabotage following the first fire and of attempting to derail the election that was to be held Sunday.

Electoral uncertainties in Guinea worries O I F.
The Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie (O I F), Abdou Diouf, on Friday expressed concerns over the uncertainties that led to the postponement of Sunday's second-round of presidential elections in Guinea.

In a statement issued here, Diouf said the electoral uncertainties had adversely impacted on peace and security in Guinea.

He called on all Guinean political stakeholders to act within the spirit of the Declaration of Ouagadougou, signed by both Alpha Conde and Cellou Dalein Diallo, the two candidates in the run-off.

The music star Takana Zion called Guineans to vote for Cellou Dalein Diallo.
The music star Takana Zion called Guinean Guineans to vote massively for El Haj Cellou Dalein Diallo.
At a press conference on September 14, 2010 ahead of scheduled concerts on 15 and 16 September in Conakry, by a group of artists for peace and unity in Guinea, Guinean Takana Zion reggae man, known to be out spoken, did not hide his anger political situation. He reminded Guineans that there will be no peace without justice.
“I say this with conviction and not for money or any position whatsoever”, he said.
And he concluded: “If President Alpha Condé is wrongfully elected President of Guinea, I, Takana Zion, will leave Guinea for good.”

If Sekouba Konaté visits USA before Elections, He will not meet any top personality from the white house.
Until Elections are peacefully completed, Sékouba is not the guest He might think He is in the United States. The Guinean consulate has been made to understand that Obama and Clinton are busy till December of this year.
This comes after a poor handling of the transition when Sékouba Konaté invited candidates to go back to the mediators. Both candidates have indicated that it is not necessary to do so.
It is to be noted that none of the transition authorities is doing anything to have the elections held. Signing fraudulent contracts and appointing people to new positions is all they have been doing during the transition.
Under Sékouba’s transitional period, Guinea has now around 60 Generals for a small country of less than 11 millions people.

Guinea Bissau President visits Guinea.
The President of Guinea Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha with his wife Mariame Sanha Manet, arrived Conakry this Saturday, September 18. He was welcomed Prime Minister Jan Marie Doré, members of government, the President of the National Transition Council, Hadja Rabiatou Serah Diallo and others. He will meet with all members of the transition.

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