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Indications that Guinean president plans third-term bid in 2020 increase risk of violent opposition protests nationwide

18 January 2019


A group of leading opposition politicians in Guinea announced on 15 January that they are planning to form a united front to oppose possible plans by President Alpha Condé to seek a third term in late 2020.

Former prime ministers Lansana Kouyaté and Sidya Touré – who heads the third biggest party, the Union of Republican Forces (Union des Forces Républicaines: UFR) – and main opposition Union of Guinean Democratic Forces (Union des Forces Démocratiques de Guinée: UFDG) founder Amadou Oury Bah say they are totally opposed to constitutional changes to allow a presidential third-term bid. There have been growing opposition suspicions that Condé, whose succession to the presidency in 2010 followed Guinea’s first ever democratic election, would not step down after his second five-year term ends.

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