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Guinea: General strike in Conakry May 9

Opposition parties call for general strike in Conakry on May 9; protests and transportation disruptions anticipated

07 mai 07h24 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/5/2018, 12h00 until 5/5/2018, 11h59 (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Conakry
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Event

Opposition parties have called for a journée ville morte general strike to take place in the capital Conakry on Wednesday, May 9, to call for the government to release opposition members from prison and to denounce the results of local elections that took place on February 4. Business and transportation disruptions, as well as opposition protests, are expected during the May 9 general strike.

Context

Opposition members claim that massive electoral fraud was carried out by the ruling party during the February 4 elections. The local elections were a victory for President Alpha Conde's Rally of the Guinean People (RPG), which won the majority of votes and was followed by former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo's Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) and a second opposition party, the Union of Republican Forces (UFR), in the vote tally. Although the RPG dominated nationwide, the party lost control of the municipal government of Conakry, a major blow given that the capital city is home to almost a quarter of the country's population.

Advice

Individuals in Guinea, particularly in Conakry, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations and protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

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