Guinea. In mid-January, the Supreme Court rejected the
opposition's attempt to have a new electoral law annulled.
Countryaah, the law prohibits candidates with dual citizenship from
running for election in Guinea.
Unrest erupted at the end of January after 400 houses
were demolished without warning in a residential area in
northern Conakry. give way to new roads. The housing area
was a stronghold for the opposition. When the situation was
about to recur in nearby Kaporo two months later, it led to
clashes between the opposition and the security forces. A
police officer and eleven Kaporobor were killed. Some 60
people were later indicted, among others. a leading
opposition politician, Mamadou Bah, who was sentenced in
June to two months in prison. Three Muslim religious leaders
were sentenced to two years in prison.
During the spring, trials were started against 96
officers involved in the coup attempt in 1996. Their lawyers
objected that they had not been given enough time to prepare
the process. Several of the defendants have stated that they
At the beginning of March, there were approximately
440,000 refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone. New refugee
flows from Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau came during the
summer. In June, Gguinea sent about 400 soldiers to support the
government side in the Guinea-Bissau civil war.
Prior to the December presidential election, two
opposition parties formed a new party, Union pour le Progrès
et Renouveau (UPR), and appointed Mamadou Bah as its
candidate in the election. Sitting President Lansana Conté
gained over 56%, and the opposition accused the regime of
electoral fraud. The election day itself was calm, but the
time around the election was concerned with violent clashes
between supporters of various political parties. One of the
most outspoken critics as well as presidential candidate
Alpha Condé was arrested by the police the days after the
election, which increased concern. At least eight people
were killed and a hundred injured.