Guinea. According to
Countryaah official site, the political situation in Guinea improved
significantly after the violent turmoil surrounding the 2010
presidential election. The election meant that Guinea was
once again given full civilian rule under the leadership of
President Alpha Condé. The parliamentary elections, which
would be the next step in the democratization of the
country, would have been held during the first half of 2011,
but postponed until December 29. There were still strong
ethnic tensions beneath the surface, as many from the Fulani
people felt they had passed both politically and
economically. Most of the Fulani people had supported Cellou
Dalein Diallo, Condé's main counterpart in the presidential
election. When Dalein Diallo returned to his home country in
April after a months-long stay abroad, violent outbursts
erupted as security forces intervened against his supporters
who, despite demonstration bans, gathered to meet him. Four
people were killed and several people were shot. Seventy of
Dalein Diallo's followers were arrested. 17 people were
pardoned by President Condé in July. Then a reconciliation
commission was also appointed to investigate the incident.
On July 19, an attack was made against the president's
residence and a member of the presidential guard was killed
during the two-hour fire fight. At least a dozen people were
arrested, among them several senior officers with ties to
the former military junta. Condé escaped without injury and
described what happened as an attempted murder and not a
coup attempt. It was speculated that behind the act there
was a concern among certain military factions that they
would lose many of their privileges in a planned defense
At the beginning of the autumn, opposition leaders
expressed concern that the authorities would have flouted
the ballot boxes for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
In September, three people were killed in violent clashes
between police and the opposition in the capital, Conakry.
The event was extra sensitive as it took place on the
anniversary of the military junta's massacre of 156 unarmed
protesters in 2009. After it was promised that a review of
voting lengths would be made later in the fall.
On December 19, the Election Commission announced that
the parliamentary elections would be postponed indefinitely.
However, President Condé stressed that it was important that
the elections were held as early as possible in 2012 and a
dialogue with the opposition was initiated.