Guinea Opposition Calls Protests Over Lack of Electoral Reform

Guinean opposition parties said they will embark on street protests next month after local polls were delayed while the government is ignoring calls for talks over electoral reform.

The West Africa country twice postponed local elections that were initially scheduled for March as the electoral commission said the polls cannot take place before October due to logistical and legal reasons. Guinean President Alpha Conde won a second five-year term during presidential elections last year in a result that was widely disputed by the opposition.

“We are not informed about the evolution of the electoral process, so we have decided to resume our demonstrations,” Aboubacar Sylla, a spokesman for the group which include the main opposition party known by its acronym UFDG, told reporters on Monday. “The opposition has no other choice than to walk and to fight the dictatorship.”

The opposition’s reasons for demonstrating “are deceptive,” government spokesman Albert Damatang Camara said in an e-mailed response to questions.

A two-day strike called by opposition parties in March failed after supporters chose to report for work.

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