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Policy Brief on Guinea: -- Desired Democracy in Distress: Breaking the GUINEA Political Impasse

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1. INTRODUCTION
The euphoria and optimism that greeted the 2010 Presidential elections in Guinea–as the first democratic election since independence in 1958 is gradually fading, and with it, a peaceful and democratic country.

Since the inauguration of President Alpha Condé on December 21, 2010, the legislative elections which were to follow the Presidential elections within six months according to the Ouagadougou Peace Accord have been postponed several times. Disagreements over the election processes including date, voter’s register and participation of Guineans in the Diaspora portray the lack of consensus between the government and the opposition. The lack of consensus over these fundamental issues has resulted in series of protests with implications for the conduct of the election, peace and security. According to some media reports, these protests are often intimidated by the security forces using hot water, tear gas and of live ammunitions; while government has also alleged that the protesters engage in acts of vandalisms and throwing of stones on security personnel and destroying property belonging to the state

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