Guinea military calls for calm after clashes

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Guinean military, in collaboration with the ministry of Security, Civil Security and Security Sector Reform, on Tuesday called on Guineans to remain calm following the acts of vandalism in some districts of Conakry, the capital.

The military made the call after President Alpha Conde’s meeting with political and religious leaders during which he tasked the Prime Minister, Mohamed Said Fofana, to engage opposition leaders in dialogue in a bid to ease tension.

In a communiqué, both institutions asked the people of Wanidara, Cosa and Mototo districts, a stronghold of the leader of the main opposition party, Union of the Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), Cellou Dalein Diallo, to remain calm.

The communiqué said groups of people have taken advantage of the trouble in the districts, which erupted on 27 February, to attack the local people and loot their properties.

It said the security forces are currently out in the streets to ensure the safety of Guineans and their properties.

PANA recalls that violence in the area followed opposition leaders’ call on his supporters to forcefully demand for transparency in the electoral process.
-0- PANA AC/AA/PAN/VAO 5March2013

05 march 2013 19:15:45

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