Conakry-Guinea: Four opposition leaders arrested

Four opposition leaders were arrested this Saturday in Conakry by police. This arrest comes just two days before the opposition’s big march against the idea of a third amputee to President Alpha Condé.

The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (NFDC) announced the arrest by the police of four key leaders of its bloc. According to AFP, Abdourahmane Sanoh, the coordinator of the platform is among the personalities arrested. No official reasons were given after their arrest. But in the opposition camp, it is considered that there is a strong chance that this is related to the large demonstration announced against a third term of Alpha Condé.

Since the latter told the Guinean people to prepare for a referendum, the coalition forces of the opposition have increased the pressure on their regime. The announcement of a constitutional review project is the dash of water that broke the camel’s back. Last Friday, 53 opposition MPs out of 114 in parliament decided to suspend their participation in the National Assembly. A sign of protest that does not prevent the government from carrying out its strategy given that the majority was in favour.

Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo said he was determined to force President Condé to respect the country’s constitution. Elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2015, Alpha Condé is no longer eligible for a third term. Although he has not officially revealed his intention, the vagueness surrounding his constitutional reform three months before the end of his mandate clearly redefines his ambitions.

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