UN warns against “extremely dangerous” words ~ #AFP:

Voters will vote on October 18 in Guinea, where Condé is controversially seeking a third term.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Acting Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention Pramila Patten denounced “the growing calls for division on an ethnic basis”, in a joint press release.

They asked all candidates to “refrain from any provocation or excess of language which could lead to violence or discrimination”.

President Alpha Condé, 82, in power since 2010 and candidate for a controversial third term, and his main opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, accuse each other of fueling inter-community tensions in this country of 13 million inhabitants where ethnicity is seen as a determining voting factor.

President Condé’s party is largely supported by the Malinké ethnic group and the UFDG of Mr. Diallo by that of the Peuls, even if the two politicians claim to address all Guineans.

“Given the history of intercommunal violence in Guinea, I am deeply concerned by the dangerous rhetoric employed by some officials, which in some cases amounts to incitement to discrimination or violence,” said Ms. Bachelet. .

“Anyone responsible for inciting violence will sooner or later be tried for their actions in a national or international court,” said Ms. Patten.

A former historic opponent, Mr. Condé, the first democratically elected president in 2010 after decades of authoritarian regimes in Guinea, was re-elected in 2015.

He passed a new constitution in a contested referendum in March that maintains the limit of two presidential terms. But he and his supporters argue that this fundamental law change resets the counters to zero.

His opponents denounce a “constitutional coup”. The protest against a new candidacy of Mr. Condé has mobilized thousands of Guineans on different occasions since October 2019. These demonstrations have been severely repressed several times and dozens of civilians have been killed.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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