State of emergency declared in Guinea

2010-11-17 18:13

Conakry - Guinea's military has declared a state of emergency following violence after a tense presidential election.

Armed forces chief Nouhou Thiam read the decree on Wednesday on state television.

He said the decree prohibits civilians from circulating on the streets, but did not give details.

He said only military and security forces will have unrestricted movement.

Thiam said the decree will hold until the Supreme Court declares final results from the November 7 poll.

They have 8 days to do so after results were announced late on Monday, allowing a decision by next week.

Presidential candidate Alpha Conde, a Malinke, was declared winner in the runoff, prompting Peul supporters of his opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo to riot.

They burned tires, barricaded roads and destroyed the homes and businesses of Malinke neighbors.