Election winner Alpha Condé’s promise of national reconciliation is put to the test as his opponents’ supporters take their disputes to the street
The first test started within hours of the announcement on 15 November of the victory of Alpha Condé
in the second round of the presidential election with 52.5%, when supporters of the losing candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo
, rejected the result and took to the streets. Despite Condé’s offer of a ‘brotherly hand’ to Diallo ‘to build a united and prosperous Guinea’, neither leader has been able to restrain their supporters. By 17 November, local human rights groups were reporting that ten people had died in street battles and 200 had been injured.
It has taken Alpha Condé three attempts, a long battle with military regimes and incarceration and torture by one of them to win his country’s presidency. Condé was born in 1938 in...
Intrigue over the ownership and profits from the rich Marange diamond
fields is causing dissension in State House
The growing political crisis over the management of the rich Marange diamond fields shows how important this huge new revenue source is for President Robert Mugabe, politically and...