Guinea opposition quits parliament

2014-06-09 21:51
Peul youths throw stones toward members of the Malinke ethnic group, during clashes between Malinke and Peul shopkeepers in Conakry. (AP)

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

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Conakry - The spokesperson for Guinea's opposition says it is pulling out of parliament and threatening street demonstrations, paralysing the institution.

The impoverished, yet mineral-rich, West African country has been wracked by demonstrations and ethnic conflict since presidential elections in 2010.

The opposition accuses the government of violating a reconciliation agreement signed in July that specified local elections must be held within the first four months of 2014.

Opposition spokesperson Aboubacar Sylla said on Monday the government's refusal to talk with the opposition threatened an "implosion" in the country, adding that they would soon take to the streets.

The move paralyses the parliament which won't be able to vote on its basic laws or an upcoming mining agreement with British-Australian multinational Rio Tinto worth billions.

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