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Guinea Opposition Plans to Protest Over Parliamentary Election

March 15, 2012

Two opposition groups in Guinea are planning to hold protests March 17 against what they claim is a lack of transparency in parliamentary elections, which are planned for July 8.

“The electoral commission chose the date in a unilateral way,” said Aboubacar Sylla, head of the Union des Forces du Changement and spokesman for the groups, which include at least 30 political parties. “We are going to protest peacefully because the electoral process is not transparent,” he told reporters in Conakry, the capital, today.

Guinea, the world’s biggest exporter of bauxite, is holding parliamentary elections as part of its transition to a civilian administration following a December 2008 military coup. Alpha Conde won a presidential election in November 2010.

Guinea’s electoral commission is ready, said Lounceny Camara, the body’s president. “All technical, material and financial conditions are gathered to hold a credible vote,” he said by phone today. “If the opponents think the contrary, then they must prove it.”

Lansana Kouyate, a former prime minister who came fourth in the presidential vote, said his party will participate in the protest, while they are not planing to boycott the election.

“To boycott is irresponsible,” he told reporters. “We will make everything in order for Guinea to organize transparent and credible elections.

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