Vp of Guinea’s main opposition occasion, the UFDG, and others held as President Alpha Conde wins a controversial third time period.
Guinean police have launched a sweeping operation in opposition to opposition politicians and activists following lethal post-election violence within the West African nation.
Officers on Wednesday arrested the vp of Guinea’s main opposition occasion, the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG). Greater than 100 different folks – primarily activists – have additionally been caught within the police dragnet.
The operation got here after President Alpha Conde, 82, received a controversial third time period after topping an October 18 ballot with 59.5 % of the votes, based on official outcomes launched on Saturday.
Opposition chief Cellou Diallo from the UFDG occasion had declared himself victorious after the election and alleged voter fraud.
That transfer triggered nationwide clashes between his supporters and safety forces through which the federal government stated a minimum of 21 folks have been killed. The UFDG occasion put the dying toll at 46.
Whereas observers from different African international locations have backed the official outcomes, France, the European Union and the US have solid doubt.
As a part of the latest sweep operation, Guinean police have detained or tried 137 folks within the capital Conakry alone, state prosecutor Sidy Souleymane Ndiaye stated in a press release on Tuesday.
Officers held some for collaborating in unlawful demonstrations and others for using weapons or legal affiliation.
On Wednesday, “very threatening brokers” additionally arrested UFDG occasion’s vp Ibrahima Cherif Bah, the politician’s spouse instructed AFP information company.
One other opposition determine instructed AFP he’s ready for the officers to show up.
Police are nonetheless searching for a number of opposition activists “who’ve made threats prone to disturb public security”, based on the prosecutor.
‘No extra dysfunction’
Diallo, 68, known as the police operation an “electoral coup d’etat” in a press release on social media on Wednesday, and accused Conde of searching for to “decapitate” his occasion.
Political stress in Guinea centres on Conde’s third time period, in opposition to which there have been rolling protests since October 2019.
The president pushed by means of a brand new structure in March, arguing it could modernise the nation. However it additionally allowed him to bypass a two-term restrict for presidents.
“We’re going to begin placing issues so as, there can be no extra dysfunction in Guinea,” Conde stated on Saturday.
A former opposition chief himself who suffered imprisonment and was even sentenced to dying, Conde grew to become Guinea’s first democratically-elected chief in 2010 and received re-election in 2015.
Hopes of a brand new political daybreak within the former French colony have withered, nevertheless, and Conde has been accused of drifting into authoritarianism.