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Guinea’s Condé enacts new constitution

Guinea's President Alpha Conde has enacted a new constitution following a referendum last month on changes that critics fear are aimed at extending his time in office.Changing the constitution was hugely controversial in the west African nation, spurring mass...

Conde’s party wins majority in boycotted poll

The electoral commission in Guinea says the party of President Alpha Condé won more than two-thirds of the seats in last month's parliamentary elections, which the opposition boycotted.The government had already declared victory in a referendum held the same...

Guineans overwhelmingly vote to back new constitution

Guinea has voted to back a contested new constitution, the country’s electoral body said Friday, in a blow to President Alpha Conde’s opponents who fear the reforms are a ploy to extend his grip on power.The proposal to change...

Multiple deaths in post-referendum violence in southern Guinea

Several people have been killed in southern Guinea, according to local officials, in an outbreak of violence after the country's contested constitutional referendum.The number killed in Nzerekore, the West African state's second-largest city, which borders Liberia, is unclear and...

Protesters battle police in Guinea disputed referendum

Police fired tear in clashes with protesters in Guinea's capital and other cities on Sunday at the start of a bitterly-disputed referendum that critics say is a ploy by President Alpha Conde to stay in power for a third...

Buildings torched in Guinea ahead of referendum

Several government offices, schools and a police station were attacked to destroy voting material in Guinea ahead of a controversial constitutional referendum scheduled for Sunday.The vote for a new constitution, was due to take place on March 1 but...

Guinea defies coronavirus for vote that could keep Condé in power

The nation of Guinea is defying the coronavirus pandemic to hold a controversial referendum tomorrow that could allow the president to stay longer in power.Nearly 5 million voters are registered for the vote, which also will choose 14 National...

Guinea plans internet shutdown during referendum

Guinea's internet and phone call services are set to be disrupted over the weekend as the country holds two key polls, telecommunications company, Guinean Broadband (GUILAB), has announced.The West African nation is set to hold a referendum over a...

Guinea placed on human rights watchlist ahead of referendum

Guinea has been placed on the CIVICUS Monitor human rights watchlist ahead of the proposed referendum on 22nd March. This list draws attention to countries where there has been a rapid decline in civic and democratic freedoms in recent...

Defiant Conde pick March 22 as new date for Guinea controversial referendum

While nations around the world are busy trying to safeguard their nations against the coronavirus pandemic Guinea's President Alpha Conde has his mind set on controversial referendum that has led to the the death of scores of protesters.In apparent...
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