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As preparations continue for the deployment of an international force in Mali, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called for increased support to the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS.
During talks with her Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde at the Conakry international airport, President Sirleaf noted that the Malian crisis also concerns the entire African continent.
President Alpha Condé has released a list of new members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after a prolonged delay that raised eyebrows.
The list, issued by decree, contains 25 members, drawn from political parties, civil society and government.
The Central Bank of Guinea has issued a statement to allay rumors that the 10,000 Guinean Franc banknote is invalid, two months before the replacement deadline expires.
Commercial entities and individuals in Guinea have in recent times stopped accepting the 10,000 GF bill, fearing the banknote has no value.
Former Beninese Army Major General Fernand Marcel Amoussou has reminded military forces of their obligation to remain neutral and respectful of electoral processes.
Amoussou, ex-Force Commander of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, was speaking at a forum this week in the Guinean capital, Conakry, gathering military chiefs and election experts from 10 West African nations.
Mali on Monday sent its Minister for Malians Overseas and African Integration, Rokiatou Guiguini, to Conakry for talks with Guinean Foreign Minister on the recent deportation of 25 Malians for alleged links with Islamists in the north of Mali.
The Malian minister also held talks with Guinean Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana.
Twenty-five Malians have been expelled from Guinea for allegedly holding “clandestine meetings” in the capital, Conakry.
The suspicion is that the 25 Malians are supporting the rebels who control Northern Mali, official sources said.
Despite its huge agricultural potentials, Guinea imports more than 300,000 tons of rice yearly, as the country faces recurring food shortages.
In addition to the imports, the West African nation is recipient of bilateral and multilateral food aid.
A cross-border cholera sensitization exercise has been taking place in the southern Senegalese border town of Diaobé in the Kolda region, straddling Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mali and Guinea Conakry.
Health workers have been sensitizing communities about the importance of basic hygiene and other methods to prevent and treat cholera.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says it is “deeply concerned” about the recent spate of attacks targeted at the media in Guinea, considering that within one month, two politicians have attacked two radio stations, while party militants continue to assault journalists.
The Foundation said in a statement Tuesday that it was reiterating its call on the authorities to be critical of these attacks and safeguard the lives and rights of journalists and media personnel in Guinea.
Calm is returning Monday to Conakry, the Guinean capital, after President Alpha Condè called for an end to violence following two days of clashes between supporters of his party and the main opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG).
At least one member of the opposition UFDG led by Cellou Dalein Diallo was reportedly killed by law enforcement officers in a suburb known as a stronghold of the UFDG, while some two dozen others wounded during the weekend confrontations.