Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

political update

It's been a while since we've mentioned anything about the political situation here, so thought it was time for an update.

Up until now there really wasn't too much to update people on anyway: basically everyone was just waiting. The coup leaders kept saying they wanted to hold elections soon but they needed money. They now say they have enough money to hold elections, but don't have enough time to organize it all before the end of the year. Instead, they have set the presidential election date as January 31st, 2010. Fingers are crossed.

Dadis (the coup leader) has said repeatedly that he won't run for office, but now even that is looking like a possibility. Who knows.

Anyway, just wanted to offer an update for anyone who cares. Here is a BBC artical about it as well.

Guinea coup leader sets poll date

The army officer who seized power in a coup in Guinea has said presidential polls will be held on 31 January 2010 and elections for parliament in March.

Capt Moussa Dadis Camara took over within hours of the death of Guinea's long-term ruler, President Lansana Conte, in December.

He had promised to hold elections this year, saying none of the junta members would stand.
Last week his supporters formed a movement urging him to stand.

Capt Camara, who declared himself "president of the republic" the day after the coup, has maintained he has no intention of clinging to power.

His rule has been characterised by eccentric displays of power - such as forcing members of the elite presidential guard to beg for forgiveness on national TV after they roughed up a veteran soldier.

Published: 2009/08/18 11:09:16 GMT

A BBC audio commentary on this: