Francophone leaders hope for peaceful Guinea vote

24th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

French language heads of state and government called Sunday for the second round of Guinea's presidential election to go ahead peacefully and as soon as possible.

The run-off vote in the unsettled west African nation was due to be held on Sunday but was postponed for the second time amid mutual accusations of violence by the rival parties.

Guinea was suspended from the International Organisation of Francophonie after the army took power in a coup in December 2008.

The 38 Francophonie leaders said in a resolution adopted at the end of their two-day summit in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux that they were "concerned about the recent difficulties faced by the electoral process in Guinea as well as the risk of instability that they could engender."

They hoped that the second round would be held "as soon as possible and in a peaceful climate."

The Francophonie leaders, including those from France and several neighbouring West African states, lent their "full support" to the Malian General Siaka Toumani Sangare heading Guinea's independent national electoral commission (CENI).

Their resolution called for a "free, reliable and transparent" ballot in Guinea's first free elections since independence "in the respect of democratic rules."

Several African leaders made appeals for calm in Guinea during the two-day summit.

© 2010 AFP

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