Guinea's opposition urges ECOWAS intervention as vote looms

Guinea: Opposition urges ECOWAS intervention as vote looms

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:22 am

Guinea’s primary opposition leader called on neighboring West African states to help to give up a political crisis in Guinea where President Alpha Conde is running for a third term in the October elections.

The 15-nation West African crew known as ECOWAS supports democracy in the location and has currently pressed Mali’s junta, who seized electricity closing month, to return the u . s . to civilian rule. Guinea’s opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said Thursday that he would like to see the regional body flip its attention to his country.

Diallo, 68, has denounced as unconstitutional Conde’s selection to run again in the Oct. 18 elections. This will be the third face-off between Conde and Diallo, who first ran against each other in the country’s 2010 election that got here after more than a half-century of dictatorship.

“We are a little jealous of the promptness with which ECOWAS acted in Mali to help that country reconcile when it has not taken action to assist Guinea which has lengthy been in crisis,” Diallo instructed newshounds in Dakar, Senegal, the place he was visiting Thursday. “We deplore the lack of response from ECOWAS in opposition to President Conde’s candidacy.”

Diallo and Conde have confronted off before in the 2010 and 2015 elections respectively. Diallo lost on each occassions.

Guinea has a two-term restrict for presidents. But a controversial referendum vote in March cleared Conde to run again. Dozens of protestors were killed by safety forces as they held demonstrations towards the exercise.