Guinea PM Dore slams 'hooligans'

2010-11-17 13:41

Conakry - Guinea's interim Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore has branded as "hooligans" supporters of defeated presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo for violent protests after the victory of Alpha Conde.

The post-election violence has left at least four dead since Monday, three of whom were killed by security forces, according to various sources. No official death toll has been released.

Speaking on national television on late Tuesday night, the head of government said: "In recent days, hooligans... have engaged in acts of vandalism by targeting innocent citizens and their property."

Dore said "the pretext" for the violence was the announcement of provisional results on Monday giving Conde victory in the presidential election amid complaints by his rival of widespread voter fraud.

"There were unacceptable acts, despite our repeated calls to respect the law," he said, referring to unrest in Diallo's electoral strongholds of Ratoma in Conakry - the only region in the capital where he topped Conde - and Labe, Pita and Dalaba in Middle Guinea, a predominantly Fulani ethnicity region.

Dore said an overnight curfew had been imposed in the Labe region and in Pita state representative had been dismissed "for weakness" and replaced "with the agreement of the army chief of staff" by the town's police chief.