Guinea junta sets election by end of 2009

Guinea's ruling military junta said on Friday it was making arrangements for an election to be held in the West African country before the end of 2009.

Guinea junta sets election by end of 2009
Guinea's ruling military junta said on Friday it was making arrangements for an election to be held in the West African country before the end of 2009.

The National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) junta seized power in December after the death of long-time ruler Lansana Conte.

A French government minister said last month after meeting junta leaders that they had agreed to hold a ballot before the end of 2009, but did not specify whether it would be an already delayed parliamentary poll or a vote for a new president.

CNDD spokesman Captain Mandjou Dioubate said an election would be staged by the end of 2009, but again did not say whether it would be parliamentary or presidential.

"The CNDD requests the minister for territorial administration and political affairs, as well as the president of the independent national electoral commission, to make preparations for elections to happen before the end of the final quarter of 2009," Dioubate told state television.

Although it has received some support from neighbouring countries in West Africa, the junta has come under international pressure to set an early election date.

The former French colony has been suspended from both the West African bloc ECOWAS and the African Union, which prevented junta representatives taking a full part in its summit in Addis Ababa this week.

Guinea is the world's top exporter of the aluminium ore bauxite but most of its people live in poverty and the death of Conte, who ruled with an iron fist for 24 years, has raised fears of greater political instability in the country.

Reuters
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