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10 May 2019 | 08:31 PM UTC

Guinea: Further protests denouncing constitutional change likely after May 9 demonstrations

Guinea News Alert

Protests to denounce President Conde’s potential bid for a third term in Conakry May 9; further protests likely nationwide over coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Guinea

Event

Protests are likely nationwide, particularly in the capital Conakry, over the coming days and weeks to denounce President Alpha Condé's potential bid to change the constitution and run for a third term in 2020. Related protests erupted on the Fidèle Castro highway (N1) in the capital on Thursday, May 9, with protesters burning tires on roads. Police dispersed protesters and helped to restore vehicle traffic.

Heightened security measures, along with traffic disruptions are likely near any demonstration sites; clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Opposition members allege that Alpha Condé, who has been in power since 2010, is positioning himself to change the constitution so he can stand for a third term in late 2020. Condé has not openly commented on his ambitions; however, his supporters have increased their calls for constitutional change in recent months.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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