After weeks of skirmishes, the Government of Guinea and its opposition parties finally agreed take part in the legislative elections, according to the international mediator brought in to help bridge the chasm between the two sides.
Reports say the opposition has agreed to rescind their boycott and will take part in the poll. In addition, the ruling party also agreed to delay the June date for the poll.
Guinea has spent five decades since independence under a strongman rule. In 2009, the country finally transitioned to civilian rule and conducted its first democratic election ever in the fall of 2010.
US Welcomes the Agreement on Legislative Elections Reached in Guinea
In a press statement by Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki, the United States welcomes the agreement reached between the Government of Guinea and members of opposition political parties that paves the way for all parties to participate in legislative elections.
“We applaud Guinea’s political leaders for demonstrating goodwill, flexibility and a shared commitment to holding inclusive and peaceful elections in accordance with international standards.” – Ms. Psaki
The US also commends the dialogue facilitated by UN Special Representative of the Secretary General Said Djinnit that achieved this agreement and the support shown by representatives of the Francophone, European Union, and Economic Community of West African States.
In addition, the United States expresses commitment to supporting the electoral process and the seating of a newly elected National Assembly, an important milestone in consolidating Guinea’s democratic transition.
Guinea has been in turmoil since Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008.
In November 2010, the election of Alpha Conde as President was the final stage of an interim Government’s efforts to set the stage for democracy in the country.