Guinea Protests Unlikely to Advance Opposition Cause

Guinea Protests Unlikely to Advance Opposition Cause
Guinea troops fall over each other as they clamp down on an opposition protest, Conakry, Guinea, April 20, 2015 (AP photo by Youssouf Bah).

Opposition supporters clashed with police in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on Monday, with reports that more than 20 people were injured, seven of them shot. For over two weeks, the opposition has taken to the streets to protest the government’s decision to hold a presidential election Oct. 11, violating a 2013 agreement to hold local elections first. Local elections were last held in Guinea in 2005. Though local leaders are supposed to serve a term of five years, local elections were not held in 2010, when the country was still transitioning back to democracy after a military coup in 2008. At […]

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