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Guinea’s Conde Accepts Nomination To Seek Third Term

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Guinea: Anti-Conde Movement Plans Protests Ahead Of Polls

Guinea president, Alpha Conde has accepted his party’s nomination to run in October’s election, for a controversial third term.

His party said on Monday, Conde is taking advantage of a new constitution to seek a third term. His opponents say that is unconstitutional.

Condé, who was first elected in 2010, has pushed through a constitutional change in a march referendum which allowed him to stand for a third term. The vote was boycotted by the opposition and sparked mass protests.

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Talk of a potential third term has caused widespread protests during which at least 30 persons have been killed in the past year.

The ruling party of the Guinean People (RPG) nominated 82-year-old Conde early last month to contest in the poll. At the time, Conde said he took note of the nomination, but did not formally accept it.

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His efforts to stay in power have raised concerns guinea will go the way of some other African countries whose rulers have refused to step down after their mandates expired.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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