Guinea To Shutdown Internet For The Weekend

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Guinea’s internet and phone call services are set to be disrupted over the weekend as the country holds two key polls, a telecommunications company, Guinean Broadband (GUILAB), has announced.

The West African nation is set to hold a referendum over a proposed constitution and legislative elections.

A controversial proposal to extend the length of a presidential term – from five to six years – has sparked months of violent demonstration by the opposition.

They say it would allow President Alpha Conde to extend his term in office.

The 82-year-old leader came into office in 2010 and his term is set to expire in December.

Mr Condé has not said he intends to run again, but his party has not denied that the new constitution would allow him to do so.

The government says the constitution is in need of a revamp as the current one was written during a time of military rule between 2008 and 2010.

The opposition coalition, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), had earlier warned mobile telephone operators against any internet shutdown ahead of the double polls.

They have since called for nation-wide anti-government protests.

US Ambassador to Guinea Simon Henshaw told the BBC Focus on Africa program that the situation in the country was “unfortunate”:

“We’re at a position where the two sides don’t even agree on whether there should be an election and they’re no longer speaking to one another so I think this is very concerning. There’s no dialogue, there’s a lot of tension, I think it’s very unfortunate,” Mr. Henshaw said.

Source: BBC

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