Guinea’s President Alpha Conde the opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo have expressed satisfaction with their meeting on Wednesday which might open up more talks between the two sides.
“The two leaders spoke about the electoral process, the fight against rise of religious fundamentalism in Guinea and the search for lasting peace in neighboring Mali,” said a statement by the president’s spokesman Kiridi Bangoura.
Speaking after the meeting, Diallo, head of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), also expressed satisfaction with its outcome and said he was optimistic that “the opposition demands will be addressed.”
“We told the president our grievances and he reiterated his willingness to listen to both sides, both the ruling party side and the opposition side,” he said, adding that “Conde had promised to get more involved in the search for solutions to issues raised by the opposition.”
He said the opposition parties were demanding that the country’s electoral body suspend its activities to allow for dialogue on the conduct of the electoral process.
A source close to Diallo said he was already preparing for dialogue because Conde had expressed his willingness to ask his ministers to resume talks with opposition leaders to find lasting solutions to the current political crisis.
The opposition has been demanding for the organization of municipal elections before the presidential elections set for Oct. 11, whereas according to the electoral body’s timetable, municipal elections will take place in March 2016. Enditem