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Yearbook 1999

Guinea. Opposition politician Alpha Condé, who was arrested shortly after the presidential election in late 1998, was prosecuted, among other things. for planning to overthrow the government with the help of mercenaries. The arrest led to violent protests in several cities in the north and east. Four protesters were killed in the confrontations with the police, and hundreds of activists from Condé's Rassemblement du Peuple de Guiné, RPG, were arrested. Large parts of the opposition decided to boycott the parliament in protest against the imprisonment of Condé. Only Jean Marie Doré, one of the presidential candidates in 1998, took her place.

1999 Guinea

At the trial, Condé was to be represented by three leading Guinean lawyers, Benin and Senegal's former foreign ministers and a Paris lawyer. These accused the regime of making the defense of their client more difficult.

At the beginning of the year, President Lansasa Contés appointed Lamine Sidimé as new Prime Minister. He was regarded with suspicion by the opposition, as from his previous post as Supreme Court President he refused to deal with several petitions about irregularities during the 1998 presidential election.

According to Countryaah official website, members of the ruling party Parti de l'Unité et du Progès, PUP, presented a proposal during the spring to amend the constitution which would allow Conté to stand for re-election. The unrest in several of the neighboring countries has also created tensions in G., and the security forces have used the allegations against Condé for harsh interventions against both refugees and the domestic opposition. Relations with Liberia deteriorated when the neighboring country accused G. of being involved in fighting in northwestern Liberia. Near the border with Sierra Leone, Sierra Leonean rebels attacked Guinean villages, which led to G. reinforcing his military presence in the area in April. According to the UNHCR, in the summer of 1999, there were close to half a million refugees in the country. In order to prevent rebel attacks on the refugee camps, in the spring, UNHCR began to move refugees from the border areas further into the country. There were also fears that tensions between refugees and the local population would lead to severe unrest.

Referring in particular to financial problems, the municipal elections, which would have been held on June 29, were moved to the end of December.

 
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