Western Diplomats Lean on Conde to Set Up Meeting with Political Class (Now on March 4): “Kumbayah” Trap
Phillipe Van Dame, EU rep. to Guinea, masqueraded as a computer/elections experts, and gave the Waymark contract a glowing endorsement. Now, opposition would like him to return to Belgium. Desperate diplomats.
Western diplomats are starting to sweat bullets and, based on Guinean news websites, the word on the streets in Conakry is that four of them paid Conde a visit to “encourage” him to do something presidential and fast!
In order to preserve Guinean legislative elections in May or later in 2013, Conde needs a “kumbayah” meeting with the political class which is now set up for Monday, March 4 (see article below). He will need to give a sterling performance.
The agenda for the meeting is to discuss issues of national interest: national reconciliation, strengthening of national unity, the consolidation of peace, and organizing future elections. The first three are essentially the same thing, but if addressed separately it could fill up the entire time allotted for the meeting and then Conde might be able to duck the 800 pound gorilla in the room, elections.
As specified in the invite, the meeting is open to leaders of political parties who have been engaged in the electoral process and stakeholder groups involved in political dialogue between 27 December 2011, to 27 December 2012. The first date is right after Conde’s selection as president. The 27 december 2012 date is interesting because it will exclude at least one new party, Bloc Liberal, which was only authorized by the government a few weeks ago. The leader of the party, Faya Millimono, is a major detractor of Conde’s.
If participants do get around to discussing elections, it won’t be possible to do so unless it is preceded by a discussion about justice. In fact, justice should be discussed before talking about the other three agenda items, as well. But, since this is a meeting for “show,” justice will not be a topic and neither will its polar opposite, impunity.
Very few international journalists have a firm understanding of what is going on in Guinea. If the international media determines that Conde’s meeting is a “success,” it will be because the international community spins the March 4 meeting as Conde turning over a new leaf and that an army of diplomats will push for elections to be held in 2013. It also signals that the international community is prepared to send Guineans over a cliff like lemmings as it forces them to vote in a fraudulent election. As happened in the 2010 presidential election, it was the international community that spun the propaganda which led international journalists to herald Alpha Conde as “Guinea’s first democratically-elected president.” Instead, the people of Guinea ended up with a usurper who is hell bent on destroying the country and, along with it, the dreams of its good and noble people.
The opposition is going to have to decide whether it will participate in the March 4 hoax. If it attends, it will be used by the international community to validate Conde and the pressure to go to elections soon will increase considerably. Protocol would suggest the opposition attend – but, many think that Conde is on the ropes. Seems like a good moment to break protocol.
Legislative elections: the need for a new framework for inclusive dialogue is essential to political actors
Google translation into English
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:20
As part of the periodic consultation, Guinean President Alpha Condé prompt new leaders of political parties for political consultation meeting on March 4 next.
According to a statement by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization Alhassane Conde, on Monday, the new meeting between the head of state and leaders of the political parties involved in the electoral process must gather Guinean stakeholders dialogue Inclusive Political held from 27 December 2011 to 27 November 2012.
This meeting will be to discuss issues of national interest for national reconciliation, the strengthening of national unity, to the consolidation of peace and the organization of future elections, the statement said.
This invitation of President Condé comes after the opposition parties, grouped within the Collective parties to finalize the transition (Collectif), the Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP) and the Republican Club CDR, had announced their withdrawal from the electoral process and the resumption of the event starting Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Observers emphasize the need for a new framework for frank and sincere dialogue between all political actors to resolve the crisis, which is becoming increasingly important in the country and is an obstacle to the holding of parliamentary elections .
This socio-political atmosphere has created a very tense atmosphere of mistrust and contempt between political opposition and those of the movement of a hand, and between politicians, civil society actors and the Guinean government on the other.
In order to renew the shreds of the social and political development, republican institutions and civil society advocates the opportunity to bring together all those involved in the current crisis, to discuss without jargon of the finalization of the transition which should lead to the establishment of the new National Assembly.
The President of the National Council of transition (CNT parliamentary body of the transition in Guinea), Ms. Rabiatou Sera Diallo, recently asked the President of the National Assembly of Senegal Moustapha Niasse, staying working in Guinea, s invest with the Head of State of Guinea Alpha Conde, to the creation of this open platform to all political parties involved in the electoral process.
According to Ms. Diallo, President Condé must govern and set the tone and ensuring inclusive consultation, to listen to the concerns of each other, in order to fairly decide without any form of exclusion or rejection of given a political group.
In the same vein, the National Council of Guinean Civil Society (CNOSCG) in its efforts to contribute to the alleviation of socio-political situation in the country has undertaken since 4 February a series of meetings with the parties political opposition gathered in the Collective, ADP and CDR and Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
These meetings focused on technical and legal issues related to the organization of free elections, credible and transparent to the date of May 12, previously announced by the Chairman of INEC Bakary Fofana.
Given the urgency of the political situation, civil society has asked political parties to transcend partisan divisions to ensure the welfare and happiness of all Guineans.
In a recent statement, the coalition of women and girls for dialogue and peacebuilding have expressed concern about the breakdown of dialogue between the government and the opposition in respect of prior to the holding of parliamentary elections.
Guinean President wanted to convene on February 12 a consultative meeting with political opposition Guinean find common ground on the eve of the announcement of a political rally of the opposition. But the meeting was postponed because of miliary Guinea plane crash occurred on February 11 in Liberia, which killed 11 soldiers in Guinea, including the Chief of Staff of the armed forces.