After Conde’s Unilateral Election Date Decision, the Opposition Hits the Streets this Thurs., April 18
In light of Alpha Conde’s unilateral decision to set June 30 as the date for legislative elections and just about every trick Conde and members of his administration have pulled in the last two years, the opposition will return to the streets, Thursday, April 18.
An article from Guinee 58 follows.
Election of June 30, the opposition withdraws its representatives from the CENI and will occupy the streets on Thursday, April 18. It is boiling hot!!!
Article excerpts translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye:
Faced with the challenge of the Head of State, who has unilaterally set the date of June 30 elections, the opposition response was not long in coming. The main leaders of the Collective, ADP and met CDR emergency in the day at the headquarters of UFDG to decide the appropriate response.
At the end of the meeting, it was announced by the spokesperson of the opposition, Aboubacar Sylla (UFC) that the opposition will resume street protests to force the head of state to hear the demands of the people . These claims revolve around two main points: the withdrawal of the operator Waymark which conducts the technical management of elections and allowing those in the Guineans diaspora to vote in legislative elections.
The other decision announced by Mr. Sylla concerns the withdrawal of opposition representatives from the electoral commission, the CENI. Members of the opposition, the Collective, ADP and CDR serving on the CENI were asked to pack up and join the staff of their respective parties. Maybe they will be more effective. In any case we hope. This decision was made because the opposition will not endorse a sham election that Mr. Alpha Condé cleverly concocted.
The next few weeks in Guinea are likely to be strained, as citizens exist in an explosive political and social atmosphere. The opposition plans to occupy the streets beginning on Thursday. The power seems to sit on his laurels. There is electricity in the air. As long as the people do not fall victim.
Moucky S. Diallo, www.guinee58.com