In most entertainment joints in the capital Conakry, some of the people who spoke to Xinhua hailed Conde’s re-election while others criticized the manner the elections were organized with the opposition contesting the results.
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on Guinea’s future within the next five years.
Speaking to Xinhua at his pharmacy in Conakry’s administrative zone of Kaloum, Dr. Morcire Soumah hailed Conde’s re-election, noting that “during his first term, the president did so many things that we have seen on the ground.”
He cited the construction of rural infrastructures, reforms initiated in the economic sectors and in the army, as well as the construction of Kaleta hydroelectric dam that is currently providing sufficient electricity to Conakry and its environs.
However, Soumah urged the re-elected president to bring together all Guineans for unity and peace in the country.
He further urged Conde to offer more support to the Guinean private sector which is the engine of the country’s socioeconomic development.
On his part, Brig. Mamady Camara, a fire-fighter, hailed the calm climate and social order that prevailed in the country after announcement of the presidential election results.
“I ask the president to create jobs for our youths and improve working conditions for Guinean workers,” Camara said, adding that salary increases for civil servants and reduction of prices of basic foodstuffs should be given priority.
At the same time, Salifou Camara, a local councillor from Matam zone, said the conduct of the Oct. 11 presidential elections demonstrated political maturity of Guineans who cast their votes without any quarrels.
“Since it was Conde who was re-elected, we expect him to extend a hand to the rest of the country in order to unite Guineans,” Camara noted.
According to Ahmed Tidiane Diallo, a teacher in Conakry, there’s mixed feelings towards Conde’s re-election because “during his first term, there were highs and lows.”
“I hope the next five years of the president’s term will be better for the Guinean people,” Diallo said.
Diallo noted that what the president should prioritize during his second term is the national reconciliation process.
“We must ensure that all Guineans are equal before the law and that everybody feels he can depend on the state,” he concluded. Enditem