Guinea opposition seeks return to civilian rule before year end

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Guinea’s main opposition parties and civil society organisations called on Tuesday that military commanders reestablish the timetable for returning to civilian government by December 31.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had pressed the military that took power in a 2021 coup to hold elections by the end of 2024.

However, in mid-March, the West African country’s prime minister warned that the generals would have to postpone the restoration to civilian government until at least 2025.

The Forces Vives de Guinee “strongly condemn the Guinean junta’s decision not to hold presidential elections in December 2024, in accordance with the agreement reached with ECOWAS in October 2022,” according to a statement.

“After more than two years of transition, Guinea still has no draft constitution, no electoral code, no election management body and no (electoral) register,” the report said.

The group accused the junta of curtailing public liberties and persecuting political figures.

It called for the “restoration of public freedoms and (a) return to constitutional order before December 31,” and stated that it would no longer accept the military in control beyond that date.

“The postponement of the end of the transition without any consultation with the socio-political players compromises any serious dialogue with the junta,” the statement went on to say.

It asked for the establishment of an independent and consensual electoral administration organisation, the review and referendum on the 2010 constitution, and the revision of the electoral code.