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Ousmane Kaba announces intention to run for president of Guinea

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Ousmane Kaba has announced his intentions to run for the next president of Guinea in the coming elections in October. Ousmane is the most promising candidate of his party, the Guinean People Party, and has stronghold in mostly urban, educated areas in upper Guinea.

Kaba used to be close friends with the current president, president Alpha Conde, who has been in power since 2010. The president has said he will make changes in the areas of social reforms such as codify gender equality and make changes in the constitution. However Kaba suspects that the reforms are a plot to extend his tenure in office. The ruling party is yet to choose its candidate, a party convention has been slated for the 5th and 6th of August.

Kaba’s party has been organizing protests claiming that president Conde, who is 82, has intentions to run for a third term in office. Conde himself hasn’t come out clear on this allegations as his response when being asked if he is seeking a third term in office, he says the its up to the party.

10 fatalities have been recorded in clashes between opposition protesting forces and police Sunday as Guinea held a bitterly disputed referendum which critics claim is a ploy by Conde to stay in power. Anti-government forces came under fire by security forces who “carried out massive arrests, fired blindly, cruelly molested (and) killed at least 10 people,” the FNDC, an umbrella opposition group, said in a statement. The authorities could not immediately be reached to confirm the casualty toll.

The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), made up of the main opposition parties and members of civil society, has called on its supporters to resume demonstrations on 6 August.

The movement, which is leading the protests, had boycotted the legislative and presidential elections earlier this year.

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