The Guinean opposition announced on Wednesday a suspension of its protests against a third term project attributed to President Alpha Condé, after three days of protests that left at least three people dead.
In addition, the campaign for the legislative elections scheduled for February 16 will begin “midnight Thursday” until February 14, according to a presidential decree read Wednesday evening by state media.
The opposition, which sees in these legislative elections a maneuver of President Condé to strengthen its power, announced that it would boycott the poll and prevent its holding, because of differences with the power on its organization.
The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), the collective of parties, unions and members of civil society which has been carrying out the protest for three months against a possible third mandate of Mr. Condé, “suspends from this January 15, 2020 protests day, ”according to a statement released Wednesday evening.
The Front aims through this suspension to « proceed calmly to the burial of our victims and allow Guineans to restock » in consumer products.
He had called for “massive” and “unlimited” mobilization across the country from Monday.
The mobilization has left at least four dead since Monday, including one in Conakry and two in Labé (north), according to the families of the victims, medical and security sources.
Since mid-October, the FNDC has repeatedly taken tens or hundreds of thousands of Guineans to the streets in this small country of 13 million people. More than 20 civilians were killed, as well as a gendarme, and dozens of people arrested.
The opposition is convinced that the head of state, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2015, intends to stand for re-election in late 2020, when the Constitution limits the number of presidential terms to two.
She was reinforced in her fears in December when Mr. Condé, 81, indicated that he intended to submit to the Guineans a draft of a new Constitution, even if he did not express himself on his personal intentions.