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Guinea Presidential Candidates, Diallo and Conde, Head to Burkina Faso to Meet with Compaore

August 31, 2010

Guinea’s presidential frontrunners head to Burkina Faso for talks

 APA-Conakry (Guinea) Alpha Condé and Cellou Dalein Diallo, the candidate of Guinea People’s Rally (RPG) and the Democratic Forces Union of Guinea (UFDG) respectively, are due on Wednesday to fly to Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, to held talks with the mediator in the Guinean political crisis, President Blaise Compaoré.

The talks would help calm down the current escalating political tension, as the 19 September presidential runoff approaches.

At the immediate request of the Guinean transition President, General Sékouba Konaté, during his recent trip to Ouagadougou, the mediator decided to give some advice to the two frontrunners.

General Konaté said he was really concerned with the current tension in the country.

The suggestion made by the Prime Minister Jean-Marie Doré to amend the Constitution as well as the electoral code in a bid to define the role devolved to the ministry of Territorial Administration and Political Affairs (MATAP), only but caused the situation to degenerate.

As a result, Cellou Dalein Diallo’s party suspects this could be a way to back up Alpha Condé, his opponent.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Saturday said it was the only body entitled to organise elections in Guinea, as provided by Article 2 of the electoral code.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) is the body responsible for holding all political elections and referendum in Guinea,” the electoral watchdog said.

“The CENI can technically be assisted by ministeries involved in the electoral process, such as the ministry of Territorial Administration and Political Affairs (MATAP),” the CENI said.

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