Monday 23 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(Vision Guinée 10/13/17)
Le ministre des Sports et de la Culture s’est attaqué une nouvelle fois au président de l’UFDG. Lors de la dernière assemblée générale du RPG Arc-en-ciel, Bantama Sow a fustigé les récentes manifestations de l’opposition avec à sa tête Cellou Dalein Diallo. Pour ce proche parmi les proches d’Alpha Condé, à cette allure, le chef de file de l’opposition risque de perdre. ‘’En 2010, il (Dalein, Ndlr) est parti aux élections, il a eu 43%, mais il a été battu. En 2015, il a reçu un coup KO. En 2020, il verra le pouvoir passer’’, prédit Bantama Sow. Il reproche à Dalein de ‘’mettre des enfants dans la rue’’ et lui demande pourquoi il reste dans sa voiture pendant les...
(Human Rights Watch 09/28/17)
(Conakry) – Guinea should move ahead to deliver justice, truth, and reparation for the grave crimes committed on September 28, 2009, at a Conakry stadium, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Association of Victims, Parents and Friends of the September 28 Massacre said today in advance of the massacre’s eighth anniversary. On that day, security forces massacred more than 150 peaceful protesters, and more than 100 women were raped. Hundreds of injuries and widespread looting were also documented. An investigation into the crimes by a panel of Guinean investigating judges, opened in February 2010, has yet to be completed – eight years after the crimes were committed.
(AFP (eng) 09/25/17)
Guinea will hold its first local elections since 2005 on February 4 next year, the country's electoral commission said on Monday, tentatively ending years of delays denounced by the opposition. "We have suggested the elections be held on February 4, 2018... the president will make a decree validating our proposal," said Salifou Kebe, the president of the electoral commission known by the French acronym CENI. Local elections should have been held in February under an agreement reached in October 2016...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
Guinea's government said Sunday that it was sending electric generators to the mining town of Boke to help ease tensions after deadly clashes sparked by protests against water and power cuts. The town's prefect has also been dismissed as officials try to restore order to the town, where shops and markets have been looted and vehicles destroyed during protests which have also seen armed youths set up barricades to take de facto control. Boureima Conde, minister for territorial administration and...
(APA 09/15/17)
APA-Conakry (Guinea) - The Guinean minister of Agriculture, Jacqueline Marthe Sultan, was dismissed by decree published late Thursday, while she was conducting an evaluation tour in the region of Labe, the capital of Middle Guinea. “Jacqueline Sultan who was named minister in January 2014, following the parliamentary elections of September 2013, is appointed to another position,” the decree stated without further specifying the nature of her new function. It merely specified that the Agriculture ministry is now attached to the...
(APA 09/14/17)
APA-Conakry (Guinea) - The US State Department has decided to stop issuing visas to Guinean officials as of Wednesday 13 September 2017, due to Conakry’s refusal to take back its nationals residing illegally in the United States. According to the US Embassy in Guinea, this decision concerns visas of the B, F, J and M category issued to Guinean officials and members of their immediate families. Shortly after the decision was announced, the Guinean authorities, through the new Foreign Affairs...
(The Associated Press 09/13/17)
The United States will stop issuing certain visas to Eritrean nationals and Guinean officials as of Wednesday, the embassies in those countries announced Tuesday. The new restrictions are aimed at four Asian and African nations that have refused to take back citizens who've been deported. Under federal law, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can stop all or specific types of visas from being issued to such nations. The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea said in a statement that it will stop issuing business and tourism visas to Eritrean nationals, with "limited exceptions." Eritrean officials were not immediately available for comment. The East African nation is a major source of migrants who say they are fleeing a system...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/17)
Local elections in Guinea, expected since 2005, will not take place before the end of the year, an opposition party spokesman said Monday, a month after demonstrations calling for polls. Opposition spokesman Aboubacar Sylla said the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) had announced the delay at a meeting called to resolve the issue. The CENI's timetable "provides for a 120-day deadline from a date to be determined (...) which brings us to 2018," he added. Local elections should have been held in February under an agreement reached in October 2016 between the government, opposition
(APA 09/12/17)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in Guinea needs 120 days to organize the local government elections in the country, which is supposed to end the transition process in place since in 2010, APA learned from an official source on Tuesday. According to Etienne Soropogui, the director of Operations of the electoral body, the period cannot be reduced and the 120 days is necessary to registers voters, while another period of 30 days is required for the distribution of voter...
(Xinhuanet 09/05/17)
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday hailed momentum in China-Guinea ties, saying the two countries should continue to understand and support each other in core interests and major concerns. Xi made the remarks when meeting Guinean President Alpha Conde, who came to the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen to attend the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries. Xi said China and Guinea set up a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership one year ago, and China attaches great importance to bilateral relations. "Both countries should consolidate political mutual trust and carry forward their traditional friendship. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Guinea
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
Several thousand opponents of Guinea's President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry on Wednesday against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate. Conde's election win in 2010 ended two years of violent military rule but his opponents say he has cracked down on dissent - some protests have been banned - and fear he might try to change the constitution to seek a third term in 2020. Conde has declined to comment on whether he wants to do...
(Vision Guinée 08/03/17)
Il les avait rencontrés avant le début de la marche. Cellou Dalein Diallo a tenu à remercier les éléments des forces de l’ordre au terme de la manifestation pacifique de l’opposition qui s’est délourée du rond-point de Cosa à l’esplanade du stade du 28 septembre. Pour avoir encadré la marche sans incident majeur, les gendarmes et policiers ont été félicités par le chef de file de l’opposition. ‘’Je voudrais noter avec satisfaction le comportement de plus en plus républicain des...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Thousands of opposition activists took to the streets of Guinea's capital on Wednesday to demand local elections be held after a 12-year absence, pressuring President Alpha Conde to set a date. Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo led protesters who brandished signs reading "Alpha Conde, seven years of promises is enough" on a march from a Conakry suburb into the city. Opposition parties were angered when a presidential election was held in 2015, returning Conde to power for a second term, but promised local polls did not go ahead.
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Le Jour Guinée 07/10/17)
Publiquement, les responsables des partis membres du Front pour l’Alternance Démocratique (FAD), jurent sur le palpitant que la distance qu’ils prennent de l’UFDG n’a rien à voir avec le budget du chef de file de l’opposition. Mais en réalité c’est tout le contraire. C’est ce que nous confie le président du parti rassemblement pour le développement intégré de la Guinée (RDIG). Au sortir de l’émission »Club de l’actu » de notre confrère Aboubacar Daillo d’espace TV, ce samedi, Jean Marc...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Footage of Guinea's President Alpha Conde, 79, berating and mocking students has morphed into a national debate about his conduct, forcing the government to repeat a promise to provide university-goers with tablet computers. Tensions began at a student forum held on June 1, when Conde ranted at a booing section of young attendees, accusing them of throwing a tantrum for jumping up and down while chanting "Tablets! Tablets!" Conde made a "one student, one tablet" campaign promise during a 2015...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
African Union chairman Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha. Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he had observed with "sadness" the feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, which he described as "brother countries" of his Muslim-majority country. African nations including Chad, Niger and Senegal have recalled their ambassadors to Doha in recent days, while Mauritania has cut relations entirely. Saudi Arabia finances the building of mosques, schools and development projects...

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