Access of tension in Conakry. Heavy gunfire from automatic weapons was heard Sunday morning in central Conakry, the capital of Guinea, and many soldiers were visible in the streets, several witnesses reported At AFP. No explanation was initially available on the reasons for these tensions on the Kaloum peninsula, central Conakry where the presidency, institutions and business offices.
The authorities have so far remained silent on a very confusing situation. Residents contacted by phone in Kaloum reported sustained gunfire. Speaking on condition of anonymity for their safety, they said they saw many soldiers ordering residents to return home and not to leave.
Access to the Kaloum peninsula is restricted due to its geography. Security forces can easily block it. For months, this West African country among the poorest in the world despite considerable mineral and hydrological resources has been in the grip of deep political and economic crises, worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Alpha Condé’s candidacy for a third term on October 18, 2020 sparked before and after the election months of tension that caused dozens of deaths in a country customary for bloody political confrontations. The election was preceded and followed by the arrest of dozens of opponents.
Alpha Condé, 83 years old today, was definitively proclaimed president for a third term on November 7, despite the appeals of his main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo, and three other candidates who denounced “ballot stuffing” and irregularities of all kinds. Human rights defenders criticize an authoritarian drift observed during the last years of the Condé presidency and questioning the gains of the beginning.
Alpha Condé, a former historical opponent, imprisoned and even sentenced to death, in 2010 became the first democratically elected president after decades of authoritarian regimes. The military seized power by force in 2008 after the death of President Lansana Conté.
In the eyes of his opponents and many defenders of democracy, Alpha CondÃ © has joined the ranks of African leaders who remain in power beyond the expected term, more and more often by using ??? ? legal arguments.
He had adopted in March 2020, despite an already lively challenge, a new Constitution to, he said, “modernize (the) institutions” and, for example, give more space to women and young people. The opposition denounced a constitutional “coup”. The protest has been harshly suppressed on several occasions. Alpha Condé prides himself on having advanced human rights and having turned around a country he says he found in ruins. In October 2020, he defended himself on Radio France Internationale and France 24 for wanting to establish a “presidency for life”. The new Constitution theoretically allows him to represent himself in six years, an eventuality on which he is careful not to comment.