The Government of Guinea and members of the country’s opposition political parties have reached an agreement for holding the nation’s first democratic legislative elections. A date will be announced once several logistical challenges are resolved.
The pact, announced June 9, is a positive step toward greater representative and inclusive government in the troubled West African nation.
The election, once completed, will mark progress in Guinea’s transition to civilian rule after a military coup in 2008 that followed the death of the country’s long-time leader Lansana Conte.
The new vote has been greatly anticipated, and more than 50 people have died during three months of protests in political unrest over delays in scheduling it.
The United States supports Guinea’s ongoing democratic transition and welcomes the agreement. Free, fair, peaceful and inclusive elections are the very foundation of representative government.
Free, fair, peaceful and inclusive elections are the very foundation of representative government.
We encourage both sides to build on this positive development by working together to prepare for the voting.
The National Independent Electoral Commission and others will need to implement the ten-part agreement and we call on all sides to support the commission in its work.
Meanwhile, with our regional and international partners we are providing technical assistance to further the process.