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Unity Government Talks in Guinea? Or is Konate Talking to Himself?

October 12, 2010

Over the last 24 hours there have been a variety of news reports in both French and English heralding an agreement between presidential candidates Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde to include each other in government no matter who wins the election.  Not so fast.  Konate has asked the candidates to consider this and to go a step further by considering a unity government.  Actually, NEITHER candidate has endorsed either of these ideas.  

While the Konate government would like the world to think Guinea is approaching a kumbayah moment, many very serious issues remain, including the topic of today’s meeting between the candidates and Konate — the CENI and its infamous president accused of committing fraud in the first round.  As news of this discussion hits the press, read between the lines.

Unity Government Talks in Guinea
Published: October 11, 2010

CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea’s two presidential candidates have agreed to include each other in government, no matter who wins a runoff, scheduled for Oct. 24, which is aimed at returning this West African to civilian rule, a senior minister said on Monday.

State Minister and Presidency Secretary-General Tibou Kamara said the agreement, which could set the stage for a national unity government, came after meetings between the candidates, former Prime Minister Celou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde, and the junta leader Sekouba Konate.

“The two candidates are scheduled to meet each other face to face for talks” on Tuesday, Mr. Kamara said.

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