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Opposition to Participate in National Assembly: Statement Reflects Conde-RPG 3 Year Campaign to Sabotage Opposition Efforts to Participate in Governance of Guinea

December 17, 2013

CONDESUPCTCONDE AND HIS DEPENDENT JUDICIARY

The Joint Opposition Statement appears in full further below, translated into English via Google.  You may view the French version by clicking on the following link.

Déclaration Conjointe : les Députés de l’Opposition Républicaine siègeront à l’Assemblée Nationale

After a government-sponsored, fraudulent legislative election on September 28, followed by a failed appeal to the Supreme Court, the opposition decided last week to seat its representatives.  The only exception is the party of Lansana Kouyate, PEDN, which decided not to seat its two candidates.
 
In a joint statement, issued on Thursday, December 12 (see below), the opposition gives reasons for its decision to seat representatives in the Assembly, in spite of threatening not to do so after the election.  Here’s an excerpt.
 
– The consolidation of peace and national cohesion in order to contribute to the establishment of a more stable and conducive to the improvement of living conditions of the populations socio-political environment;
– The possibility for opposition MPs to prevent the inappropriate adoption of laws which undermine democratic gains and fundamental freedoms;
– The ability of the opposition to initiate laws to contain the excesses of power in political, economic and social governance and promote the creation of basic social investments and more generally contribute to the fight against poverty, exclusion and injustice;
– The obligatory involvement of the Opposition, because of the lack of qualified majority of the presidential party in the definition and implementation of the conditions for the creation and functioning of the institutions of the Republic (Constitutional Court, Court of Auditors , Supreme Court, High Court of Justice, the High Authority of Communication, the Superior Council of Magistracy, Ombudsman, National Independent Electoral Commission, the High Council of Local Government, Independent National Institution for Human Rights).
 
Further, the opposition, resurrects the July 3, 2013, political agreement between the government and the opposition which was brokered by a heavy-handed Said Djinnit of the UN.  In this regard:
 
To enable it to achieve its objectives of promoting civil peace and safeguard political stability, the participation of the Opposition in the future parliament should be accompanied by the urgent establishment of a permanent forum for political dialogue with core mission is to ensure and take, where appropriate, all necessary measures for the implementation of all the measures agreed in the framework of the inter-Guinean political agreement of July 3, 2013, among which are:
 
– The recruitment of new technical operator who will be responsible for the revision of the electoral roll to be used for the presidential election of 2015;
– The development of an electoral calendar for the next elections, including local elections in Q1 2014
– Compensation for victims of violence occurred during the last events of the Opposition;
– The identification and prosecution of the perpetrators and sponsors of crimes committed by the security forces during these events;
– The effective implementation of constitutional provisions regarding the neutrality of public service and a fair access of all political parties in the public service media.
 
Many who read the opposition statement might wonder how it could have considered a boycott of the Assembly, given all the work it outlined for itself.  Ah, but nothing is ever quite as it seems in Guinea. The work outlined is noble and promises to address fundamental ideals upon which functioning societies operate. Yet, the opposition knows that in a Guinea ruled by Alpha Conde, through a one party dictatorship in which the opposition is treated like an enemy of the state, this stuff is nothing but a pipe dream.
 
The opposition statement’s greatest value is that it chronicles Conde’s three-year campaign to shut out the opposition by sabotaging its efforts, along with those of the overwhelming majority of Guinean voters, to freely participate in politics.  To accomplish this, Conde and his administration created an opposition-proof political process by doing away with the rule of law. In a lawless state, which Guinea is now, two things prevail traditionally: the people have no legal redress to actions of their government nor protection from unbridled, state violence.  Living in a country under these circumstances is dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
 
So, what’s in it for Conde to bring the country to its knees?  After stealing two elections, Conde has no choice.  When you steal an election, you arrive in office without a mandate to govern which means your control over the course of a country is diminished.  In turn, this leaves you vulnerable to coups and assassination attempts.  Conde was lucky to come to office when he did — during the proceedings of a toothless transition council and before the resurrection of the National Assembly.  This allowed Conde to rule the country by decree for three years.  Just as with the National Transition Council, Conde will pass along issues to the National Assembly for a rubber stamp, but the decrees will continue to flow.
 
The opposition knows its ability to operate within the Assembly will be seriously hampered by Conde and his RPG operatives.  Should the opposition have participated in the legislative elections?  Should it seat its representatives in the Assembly?  Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.  In the end, the opposition must have figured they were obligated to witness the destruction of their country, from a front row seat. 
JOINT STATEMENT:  The Deputies of the Republican Opposition to Sit in the National Assembly
Conakry, le 12 décembre 2013.
 
L’Opposition Républicaine.
 
The member parties of the Republican opposition, taking into account the views expressed by their respective bases and structures, taking into account the arguments of civil society and wishes expressed by the international community, decide to serve their members elected to the Assembly national legislative elections of 28 September 2013.
 
This decision is based on the following main reasons:
 
– The consolidation of peace and national cohesion in order to contribute to the establishment of a more stable and conducive to the improvement of living conditions of the populations socio-political environment;
 
– The possibility for the opposition to prevent the inappropriate adoption of laws which undermine democratic gains and fundamental freedoms;
 
– The ability of the opposition to initiate laws to contain the excesses of power in political, economic and social governance and promote the creation of basic social investments and more generally contribute to the fight against poverty , exclusion and injustice;
 
– The obligatory involvement of the opposition, due to the absence of a qualified majority of the presidential party in the definition and implementation of the conditions for the establishment and functioning of the institutions of the Republic (Constitutional Court, Court of accounts, Supreme Court, High Court, High Authority for Communication, Higher Judicial Council, Ombudsman, Independent National Electoral Commission, the High Council of local authorities, independent national human rights institution).
 
To enable it to achieve its objectives of promoting civil peace and maintaining political stability, the participation of the opposition in future Parliament must be accompanied by the urgent establishment of a permanent forum for political dialogue with core mission is to ensure and take, where appropriate, all necessary measures for the implementation of all the measures agreed in the framework of the inter-Guinean political agreement of July 3, 2013, among which are:
 
– The recruitment of new technical operator who will be responsible for the revision of the electoral roll to be used for the presidential election of 2015;
 
– The development of an electoral calendar for the next elections, including local elections in the first quarter of 2014;
 
– Compensation for victims of violence occurred during recent opposition protests;
 
– The identification and prosecution of the perpetrators and sponsors of crimes committed by the security forces during these events;
 
– Effective implementation of the constitutional provisions on the neutrality of the public service and equitable access for all political parties to the media public service
 
The Republican opposition noted that the Party of Hope for National Development (SARP), while reaffirming its membership of the opposition, has decided not to sit in the National Assembly.
 
The opposition welcomes its activists and supporters for their continued availability and thanked the international community for their invaluable commitment towards the completion of the political transition begun in Guinea since December 2008.
 
The opposition seized the opportunity to pay a final tribute to all victims of violence perpetrated during his peaceful protests and demands of current political authorities put an end to impunity final systematically accompanies these crimes and encourages their recurrence .
 
Aboubacar Sylla, spokesman
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