Guinea Reopens Sea Borders, Reduces Curfew Hours
Guinea reduced the hours of a night- time curfew and partially opened the country’s borders as the world’s biggest bauxite exporter emerges from post-election violence.
Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore said the curfew, which ran from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., will now be in effect starting from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The maritime borders were reopened, though land borders “remain closed,” he said on state-owned Radio Television Guineenne late yesterday.
The easing comes three weeks after interim President General Sekouba Konate placed the country under a state of emergency, following clashes between supports of rival politicians and state security forces after the results of a Nov. 7 presidential election were announced.
Conde plans to form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to “address grievances that have occurred since the administration of first president Sekou Toure in 1958,” Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, chief analyst with DaMina Advisors in New York, said in an e-mailed note yesterday.
Last month’s election was the first transfer of power in Guinea since it attained independence from colonial ruler France. The military has led the country since a coup in December 2008, just after the death of President Lansana Conte, who ruled for 24 years.
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