After the President of Guinea Alpha Condé participated in a meeting with Nzérékoré, Lola, Macenta and Guéckédou early on Monday in the forest town of Kissidougou in the southern region of the country, he arrived at the town’s stadium later that afternoon to address the public in light of the violence in the Kankan region — which broke out in protest of the blocking of the procession of the main political opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo the day before.
We six days away from elections in Guinea & situation looks worrying. Over the weekend, supporters of President Alpha Conde stopped a campaign event by opposition leader Cellou Dallein Diallo in Kankan, beating up opposition supporters & ransacking local businesses. Not good
— Ryan Cummings (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) October 12, 2020
The ruling RPG party candidate was animated, “They’ve come to tell you that I’m sick, that I’m lying down, that I can’t get up so, I’m sick, I’m sick!”
During his speech, the head of state expressed his regret over the violent outcry as he called for the protesters to calm down and also took a moment to dispel any opposition any rumours about the condition of his health recently put out into the media supposedly by the political opposition.
In addition, he promised the crowd that Guinea will soon be the second major African power after Nigeria.
More than 90 people have been killed in a crackdown on protests against Guinea President Alpha Conde’s bid to seek a controversial third term in elections, which was forbidden by the constitution until he changed ithttps://t.co/MaViQ1J8Yr
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) October 13, 2020
Meanwhile, UFDG candidate Diallo urged — via videoconference, the international community to condemn democratic regression in Guinea including the exclusion of international organisations from accompanying the elections.