Guinea

Opposition leaders shot at with situation very tense


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The opposition has withdrawn all support from the national transitional government after three of its leaders travelling in the same car came under attack by police.

The three leaders, all opposition presidential candidates in the 2010 election were Cellou Dalein Diallo (Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea – UFDG), Sidya Touré (Union of Republican Forces – UFR), and Lansana Kouyaté (Party of Hope for National Development – PEDN). Upon arrival at Kouyaté’s house they found that the armour plated car they had been travelling in had been riddled with bullets. They and their supporters had been gathering to hold protests against the government of President Alpha Condé.

Following the incident, where fortunately no-one was reported as hurt, the opposition announced that it had decided “to withdraw all their government officials,(from) the INEC and the CNT, the continuing protests throughout the national territory, to lodge complaints at the courts for abuse of power, attempted murder, assault and battery, breach of homes, theft and destruction of property. ”

The latest reports from local media suggest that the three leaders are trapped inside the home of Lansana Kouyaté and that the situation in the country is very tense with opposition supporters on the streets.

A general election which should have taken place within six months of the December 2010 presidential election has been continually postponed.

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