Guinea: Government, opposition to sign agreement

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Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Parties forming the presidential majority and opposition could sign an agreement this week in the Guinean capital, Conakry, to avoid a political crisis in the West African country, leaders of parties said on Sunday.

The signing of an agreement would lead to the fixing of the date for the communal elections, after the presidential election in 2010 and the parliamentary election in 2013.

Strong differences have been reported since 2011 between the government and the opposition, led by former Prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, leader of the Guinean Union of Democratic Forces (UFDG).

One of the main problems between the two camps is on the South African company, Waymark, which should have custody of the electoral files, which the opposition rejects, accusing it of preparing “mass frauds” for the government.

The two sides on July 3, 2013, signed an agreement under the supervision of Said Djinitt, special representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa, but its application has faced several problems, with the two sides blaming each other.

To express their discontent, 50 out of 114 Members of Parliament from opposition parties, suspended their participation in Parliamentary proceedings and threatened to resume protest demonstrations, like those held on the eve of the parliamentary elections which claimed several victims.