Guinea Declares Emergency Amid Election Riots

Military forbids people to gather in the streets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2010 11:43 AM CST
Guinea president elect Alpha Conde is surrounded by supporters in Conakry, Guinea, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Guinea's military declared a state of emergency today, after violence followed a tense presidential election. The decree prohibits civilians from circulating on the streets, the head of the armed forces said in a televised decree. Only military and security forces will have unrestricted movement, he said, offering no further details. Guinea's interim president, however, said that people are allowed to go to work or the market, but not to congregate in groups.

The decree will hold until the Supreme Court declares final results from the Nov. 7 poll. They have eight days to do so after results were announced late Monday, allowing a decision by next week. Presidential candidate Alpha Conde, a Malinke, was declared winner in the runoff, prompting Peul supporters of his opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo to riot. They burned tires, barricaded roads and destroyed the homes and businesses of Malinke neighbors. Today, some Malinkes said they'd armed themselves to battle the Peuls.

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