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Guinean Opposition Parties (Sylla, Kouyate, Dore) Create New Alliance

August 20, 2011

AFP: Guinean opposition parties create new alliance

(AFP) – 20 hours ago

2011-8-20

CONAKRY — Leaders of Guinean opposition parties on Friday announced the creation of a new coalition, the Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP), ahead of legislative polls which should be held this year.

The declaration of the creation of the group came from six opposition parties but others “are set to join us soon,” said former information minister Aboubacar Sylla, whyo heads the Alliance of Force for Change (AFC).

Also included in the new coalition are the UPG party of former prime minister Jean Marie Dore, and the PEDN of fellow former-PM Lansana Kouyate.

The six-party grouping in its statement rejected “all forms of extremism, violence and exclusion” calling instead for “social cohesion”.

They plan to put forward joint candidate lists for the upcoming elections.

Guinea’s legislative elections should have been held six months after President Alpha Conde — the country’s first democratically elected leader since independence in 1960 — was sworn in on December 2010.

The interior minister said in June they would take place before the end of this year.

The new opposition alliance called for “free and transparent” elections as well as respect of human rights and the freedom of the press.

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