Guinea opposition object to poll date

2013-04-14 22:41
Peul youths throw stones toward members of the Malinke ethnic group, during clashes between Malinke and Peul shopkeepers in Conakry. (Picture: AP)

Peul youths throw stones toward members of the Malinke ethnic group, during clashes between Malinke and Peul shopkeepers in Conakry. (Picture: AP)

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Conakry - A Guinean opposition official says there will be a march to protest the president's announcement that elections will be held on 30 June.

Aboubacar Sylla, Guinean opposition spokesperson, said on Sunday that a peaceful demonstration will be held in the capital, Conakry, on 18 April to show objections to President Alpha Conde's decision to set the date of the elections, ignoring ongoing consultations over the polls' date.

The presidential decree was read on Saturday evening on state television.

Guinea has not had a functioning parliament for four years, and it only held its first democratic presidential election in 2010. Disagreements over the electoral process already have caused violent protests.

Originally the vote was scheduled for 12 May, but the opposition said it was pulling out because of concerns over election procedures.

- SAPA
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