Ongoing Post Election Unrest

Oct 24, 2020

On 22 October 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Conakry issued a Security Alert regarding ongoing post-election unrest, which reads in part as follows: “Event: We have received reports that unrest and violent clashes continue to occur throughout Guinea and we expect that this situation will continue at least through the weekend. Protesters have started fires, are burning tires, spreading motor oil on roads, and have set up roadblocks. We have received reports that security forces have responded by dispersing tear gas into crowds. There are reports that shots are being fired in some neighborhoods. Access to several cities in Middle Guinea (including Pita, Labe, Mamou, and Bomboli) has been blocked by various means.”

Analyst Comment: The latest reports suggest that incumbent President Alpha Conde will secure a controversial third term in office, which is likely to further intensify the ongoing unrest, especially since opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo recently claimed victory. Preliminary official results show that Conde won twice as many votes as the opposition candidate in 37 out of the 38 electoral districts in the country.

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