Disputed Constitutional referendum backed by majority in Guinea

In a massive blow to the rivals of President Alpha Conde, Guinea has voted to back a contested new Constitution that spur mass demonstrations killing about 32 people. The opposition had reservation about the reforms to the Constitution and considered it to be a ploy to extend the grip on power of President Alpha Conde.

The news was confirmed by the electoral body of Guinea on March 27. Independent National Electoral Commission President, Amadou Salifou Kebe, said that 91.59 percent of ballots were in favour of adopting the new Constitution, while 8.41 percent were against it in the election held on March 22. The election was postponed from earlier March 1 to March 22 over international criticism.

The United Nations’ special representative to West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, released a statement, saying he was following developments “with great concern”.

The polling day in Guinea witnessed several violence resulting in the deaths of dozens. The fairness of the election process was questioned by several countries, the US, the UK and France being some.

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