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Opposition MPs boycott Guinea parliament over Conde’s 3rd term ambition

Opposition MPs in Guinea decided on Friday to “suspend their participation in the work of the National Assembly” to protest against plan to amend the constitution to accommodate President Alpha Conde’s 3rd term ambition.

The 53 opposition MPs, out of the 114 in the Assembly, denounced in a joint statement the decision of the authorities to amend the country’s constitution to suit their plan stay in power beyond the required term.
Alpha Condé, 81, whose second term ends in October 2020, has often questioned the relevance of limiting the number of mandates in Africa – maximum term of office in Guinea is two.
Its Prime Minister, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, sent him on Wednesday the summary of the consultations conducted in recent weeks on a possible revision of the constitution, described as “masquerades” by the opposition, which boycotted them.
The opposition now expects the president to formalize the holding of a referendum to validate a constitutional change paving the way for a third term.
Opposition MPs also consider “illegal” and “technically unsustainable” holding of a parliamentary elections in 28th December, 2019.
The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), which includes leading opposition groups, along with unions and members of civil society, has called for protests across the country from Monday.
The Front also recommends that mining companies, banks, factories, service stations and other public and private companies “suspend all activity during the events, in order to avoid any confrontation”.
In response to the call for demonstrations, the Minister of Territorial Administration, General Bouréima Condé, warned that the security services would not yield “any square centimetre” to the reign of anarchy “.
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