Guinea Legislative Election 2013

June 30, 2013, midnight

Elections scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Guinea have been postponed, while members of the government and opposition parties work to negotiate an agreement under the guidance of United Nations Special Envoy Said DJINNIT. Guinea last held elections for the National Assembly in June 2002, with the subsequent 2007 election having been repeatedly postponed due to governmental instability. In April 2013, President Alpha CONDE unilaterally declared that the legislative elections would be held on June 30, 2013. The opposition, led by Cellou Dalein DIALLO objected to the polls, given concerns over the voter roll and the inability of Guineans abroad to vote in the polls. The inability of Guineans abroad had been a primary concern, due to the ethnic violence which plagued Guinea during the 2010 presidential election, which the opposition claims allowed CONDE to win the second round of the election. The original UN-mediated talks fell apart on June 20, after DIALLO and other opposition supporters were attacked by stone-throwing youths and police in the capital, Conakry. However, on July 2, 2013, security guarantees were made to the opposition leaders, paving the way for talks to be re-opened between the two camps.

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