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            Guinea's ruling military junta has banned political protests after announcing a three-year transition period before civilian rule is restored.

“All demonstrations on public roads, whose nature is to put social tranquility and the correct performance of activities at risk during (transition) hours, are prohibited for the time being until the electoral campaign period,” said the Committee. National Concentration for Development (CNRD) in a statement on Friday night.
Guinea junta bans political protests

Guinea‘s ruling military junta has banned political protests after announcing a three-year transition period before civilian rule is restored.

“All demonstrations on public roads, whose nature is to put social tranquility and the correct performance of activities at risk during (transition) hours, are prohibited for the time being until the electoral campaign period,” said the Committee. National Concentration for Development (CNRD) in a statement on Friday night.

“The CNRD invites all political and social actors to contain all forms of political protest and concentrations at their headquarters,” added the committee created by the board and headed by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

Failure to comply will have legal consequences, he said.

Army officers led by Colonel Doumbouya ousted President-elect Alpha Conde in the impoverished former French colony in September last year.

Conde, now 84, had faced fierce opposition after he pushed through a new constitution in 2020 that allowed him to run for a third presidential term.

Guinea earlier this month opened a judicial investigation into Conde and several other former senior officials for murder, torture, kidnapping, looting and rape.

Guinea‘s legislative body on Wednesday announced a three-year transition period before the return of civilian rule, defying regional partners in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which had called for a faster timetable.

The West African bloc suspended Guinea‘s membership after the coup.

UN chief Antonio Guterres this month called on the military junta in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali to return power to civilians as soon as possible.

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