The US will continue to play an important role in ensuring that credible elections take place in Guinea.
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Election officials in Guinea have postponed voting for the run-off election originally set for September 19 to pick the West African nation's next president. The process was thrown into doubt by allegations of electoral fraud, clashes between supporters of the 2 run-off candidates, and the death of the president of the country's electoral commission.
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Officials determined that in the highly charged atmosphere, more time was needed to prepare for the vote. It follows first-round balloting in June that was seen as generally free and fair, but criticized by some candidates as flawed by irregularities.
The election is Guinea's first multi-party contest since the country won independence from France in 1958. Since then it has been under autocratic rule, and this year's balloting represents a hard-won effort to bring about democratic rule.
The United States is an unwavering friend of Guinea's democratic efforts and is working with its Transitional Government through this important period. We have provided funding to support the work of international observers to ensure transparency. Working with others, we have worked to develop a political parties' code of conduct, conduct voter education programs and provide support to security forces to ensure public safety during the process.
While no date has been set for the voting to proceed, the U.S.-supported observer teams will play a very important role in ensuring that credible election occurs with the shortest possible technical delay.
DECLARATION DU CNT SUR LA SITUATION SOCIOPOLITIQUE DU PAYS ET LES SCENES DE VIOLENCE OBSERVEES NOTAMMENT A CONAKRY.
Depuis plusieurs semaines Conakry est le théâtre de scènes de violences, d’affrontements entre les forces de l’ordre et des manifestants, de destruction de biens publics et privés, d’actes de vandalisme ayant entrainé d’énormes pertes en vies humaines, de nombreux blessés graves, des dégâts matériels et financiers importants. Cette situation a engendré un climat de psychose générale portant une atteinte grave au tissu social, aux libertés de circulation et de mouvements des citoyens, dont un grand nombre vit du quotidien. Face à cette situation préoccupante pour tous et suite à de multiples sollicitations notamment celle des organisations de la société Civile, le Conseil National de la Transition (CNT) a convoqué ce mardi 28 mai 2013 une séance plénière extraordinaire pour exprimer sa préoccupation par rapport au climat de violence récurrente, prendre position et recommander des solutions pour un arrêt immédiat des violences dans la cité. (Audio disponible dans la suite de l'article)
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(Reuters) - Rival gangs fought with knives and truncheons in Guinea's crumbling seaside capital on Friday as ethnic tension worsened before an election in the unstable West African nation, witnesses said.
Security forces in full anti-riot gear piled into the backs of pick-up trucks and deployed across Conakry to separate the fighters as President Alpha Conde's government appealed for calm.
"It has become very bad. People set fire to a car right in front of me. I've seen four people injured in the fighting," said Souleymane Bah, a resident of Bambeto, one of several areas where clashes were reported.