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23 Mar 2020 | 08:25 AM UTC

Guinea: At least ten people killed in clashes on election day March 22 /update 16

At least ten people were killed in clashes between police forces and opposition protesters on election day on March 22; further protests expected across the country on March 22-23



According to media sources, clashes between police forces and anti-government protesters took place amid legislative elections and a constitutional referendum on Sunday, March 22. The incident left at least ten people dead and several wounded across Guinea. The protests were organized by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) opposition party to denounce the referendum. On March 22, the FNDC called for further protests to take place across the country on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24.

The results of the referendum and legislative elections are to be expected in the coming days.

A heightened security presence is expected around all demonstration sites. Business disruptions and increased security measures are anticipated following the announcement of the results. Further protests and clashes cannot be ruled out.


President Condé, who has been in power since 2010, proposed a new constitution via the referendum. The new constitution would increase a presidential term from five years to six, and would impose a two limit term. It is unclear if previous terms served would count, however, Condé has inferred that they would not. The opposition has denounced the referendum as a constitutional coup enabling Condé to remain in power, and boycotted the vote.

Supporters of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) opposition party have held multiple protests in recent weeks which have sometimes resulted in violence.


Individuals in Guinea, particularly in Conakry, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.