Opposition in Guinea criticize the president for a referendum call

People protesting in Guinea./AFP
People protesting in Guinea./AFP

Opposition politicians in Guinea have strongly criticized President Alpha Condé’s calls for a referendum to approve changes to the constitution which would allow him to remain at the helm.

Mr Condé’s second term comes to a close end of next year.

The controversial issue has led to large protests in recent months in which at least 20 people have been killed by the security forces.

Fodé Oussou Fofana of Guinea’s main opposition party, the UFDG, described the president’s announcement as a “constitutional coup” and a “fraud”.

Changing the rules to stay in power was “treasonous”, he said.

Even though the 81-year-old president hasn’t yet said he wants to run for office again, Guineans are in no doubt – that’s why they’ve been demonstrating.

America and EU countries are likely to keep pushing for a peaceful transition of power.