Konate 'must see out transition period'

2010-07-08 08:33

Conakry - General Sekouba Konate must remain as head of Guinea's interim government until the end of the transition to civilian rule, African Union commission chairperson Jean Ping said on Wednesday in Conakry.

After a meeting with Konate, who had threatened to resign on Tuesday, Ping said the interim president must "stay until the end of the transition".

"I have received phonecalls and messages from abroad, notably Europe, telling me it is fundamental that he remains to bring the transition to an end. I have conveyed this message and I leave confident," said Ping.

"I encourage the process to proceed normally, as expected, without major snags," he said.

Konate had threatened to resign, saying he was "distressed" by the "offensive" remarks of protesters claiming widespread irregularities during the west African country's historic first democratic election on June 27.

The vote to put an end to half a century of civilian and military dictatorships will go to a second round, on an as yet unconfirmed date.

Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo and an opponent to all regimes to date, Alpha Conde, are in the race for the top job should the Supreme Court confirm provisional results released on July 3.

These results are being challenged by another former prime minister Sidya Toure who was placed third and has made accusations of ballot stuffing, saying the national electoral commission had conspired to put Conde in second place.