As of now, the contested referendum is going forward, easily overshadowing the legislative elections that it was tacked onto only a few weeks ago. Tensions are running high, though.
President Alpha Condé did little to defuse these tensions with comments made to a French newspaper on Wednesday. He openly flirted with the possibility to use the planned constitutional changes to run for a third term, saying that "The Guinean people will ask this question: Is it the first time that a president changes the constitution to do a third or fourth term? → Read the rest “Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)”
President Conde has pushed things too far with his attempts to reform the constitution, likely to allow him another term in office. If Guinea's political forces don't find a solution in the coming days, the onus will fall on the regional organization ECOWAS to mediate and search for a non-violent solution to the conflict. → Read the rest “Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)”
According to some press reports, Guinea's President Alpha Condé will announce in the coming days that the planned constitutional referendum will take place on the same day as the legislative elections.
Condé probably recognizes that the elections are linked to his plans to abolish term limits anyway. Furthermore, the opposition has announced that it will boycott the election and has not entered any candidates. → Read the rest “Insights – Guinea: National Assembly and Constitutional Referendum (2020)”