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AU Chief Urges Guinea to Hold Runoff – Suggests AU Will Impose Sanctions on “All Those Who Present Obstacles to Return to Constitutional Order”

September 17, 2010

African Union calls on Guinea to hold runoff

African Union Commission Chief, Jean Ping

Ping urged military ruler Gen Sekouba Konate to “successfully complete the transition”, adding that the AU will if necessary impose “sanctions on all those who present obstacles to the return to constitutional order”.

FOREIGN STAFF
Published: 2010/09/17 07:08:51 AM

AFRICAN Union (AU) Commission chief Jean Ping yesterday called on Guinea’s interim government to hold the second round of its presidential poll swiftly after Guinea halted Sunday’s runoff vote.

Mr Ping “reminds the interim government that the AU is attached to the principle of the second round of the presidential election being held swiftly”, he said.

He urged military ruler Gen Sekouba Konate to “successfully complete the transition”, adding that the AU will if necessary impose “sanctions on all those who present obstacles to the return to constitutional order”.

Guinea halted Sunday’s presidential runoff after days of violence that left one person dead and 50 injured . It has called for fresh regional mediation to prevent a “dead end”.

In a solemn televised speech to the nation, Gen Konate said Guinea risked a “grave political and social crisis” and called on Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the regional mediator, to intervene.

He urged Mr Compaore to meet with the two candidates and politicians warning that Guinea was “moving away from our roadmap”.

Electoral spokesman Thierno Ceydou Bayo said one of the reasons for the delay was the commission was still waiting for the arrival of 450000 new polling cards from SA. Sapa-AFP

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