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Guinea’s Opposition Demands Return to Civilian Rule by Year’s End

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Guinea’s Opposition Demands Return to Civilian Rule by Year’s End
Guinea’s Opposition Demands Return to Civilian Rule by Year’s End

n a bold move, Guinea’s prominent opposition parties and civil society organizations united on Tuesday to demand the reinstatement of the timetable for the return to civilian rule by December 31st.

This demand comes amidst mounting pressure on the country’s military leaders, who seized power in a coup in 2021, to adhere to a timeline set forth by the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

ECOWAS has been adamant about organizing elections in Guinea before the close of 2024, urging the military junta to facilitate the transition to civilian governance. However, tensions escalated when Guinea’s prime minister hinted in mid-March at a potential delay in the return to civilian rule until at least 2025.

Expressing their discontent, the Forces Vives de Guinee issued a strong condemnation of the junta’s decision, emphasizing the importance of honoring the agreement made with ECOWAS in October 2022.

The collective denounced the absence of essential democratic infrastructure, including a draft constitution, electoral code, election management body, and electoral register, despite over two years of transition.

“The postponement of the transition’s conclusion without consulting socio-political stakeholders jeopardizes any meaningful dialogue with the junta,” the collective asserted in a resolute statement.

The demand for a swift return to civilian rule underscores the growing frustration within Guinea’s opposition and civil society, who remain steadfast in their pursuit of democratic governance.

As the nation navigates these critical junctures, the eyes of the international community remain fixed on Guinea’s trajectory towards political stability and democratic consolidation.

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