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  • on 07.12.2010
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Guinea’s Conde plans truth commission on violence 0

CONACKRY – Guinea will carry out an audit to recover the public money that was stolen and also carry out reforms in the military.

In the social domain, there is need to form a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission to discuss all social injustices that have continued to divide the country, the president Alpha Conde said.

The move will be shape on South Africa’s post-apartheid commission and is likely to be well received by human rights groups, which have condemned the country’s repeated spasms of violence.

The aim is to heal the wounds of ethnic and political violence that has plagued the Country for decades. Those who have made mistakes can ask forgiveness and victims can accept this forgiveness, Conde said on state television, days after Guinea’s Supreme Court validated his win in a hotly contested November 7 poll in which voters largely followed ethnic lines.

The presidential polls in the country mark the end of 52 years of authoritarian rule, but were marred by violence and delay.

Guinea has been under a state of emergency since the starting of the election in mid-November, after violent clashes broke out between the supporters of Conde and his rival Cellou Diallo.

Mr Diallo, of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), won 44% in the first round in June.

He mounted a legal challenge after losing the second round, saying he believed there had been fraud in some electoral districts.

But the Supreme Court has rejected the allegations, saying the UFDG had not submitted sufficient proof that his supporters were intimidated out of voting in the northern regions of Siguiri and Kouroussa.

It also rejected a similar complaint by the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) alleging intimidation in the region of Labe, a stronghold of Mr Diallo.

Mr Diallo represents the Peul ethnic group – also known as the Fula – while Mr Conde is supported by the Malinkes.

During the election campaign clashes broke out between the two men’s supporters, prompting a large-scale displacement of Peul from areas of Upper Guinea in the Malinke heartland.

By Staff – Afronine

Source: Reuters Africa, AFP, and BBC Africa

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