Security Alert

Oct 21, 2020

On 20 October 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Conakry issued a Security Alert regarding election-related unrest in Guinea, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Throughout Guinea

“Event: We have received reports of unrest and violent clashes occurring in Conakry overnight. You should exercise increased caution and minimize unnecessary travel.

“The U.S. Embassy will operate today with core staff only. Consular appointments through noon today will be honored for those able to safely travel to the Embassy.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Analyst Comment: Unrest is likely to continue in the immediate term as votes are being tallied following the 18 October presidential election. While opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo has declared himself the winner, reports suggest that incumbent President Alpha Conde will likely secure the victory. Violent protests could escalate after results are officially announced, which is not expected until at least 21 October.

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