Committee recommends delaying Guinea elections

A cross-party committee has recommended postponing until 2010 elections due in Guinea later this year, raising speculation that junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is preparing to take part.
Camara took power in the world’s biggest bauxite producer when former President Lansana Conte died in December, insisting he would step down and allow elections later this year, Reuters reports.
But he has since left open the possibility that he would stand for election if polls could not be staged on schedule.
“The ad hoc committee is proposing the postponement of the elections until 2010,” rapporteur Oumou Laouratou Bah told state television, citing delays and financing problems in the organisation of legislative and presidential elections.
Camara said in a statement he was “satisfied” with the committee’s work but did not comment on the timetable proposed, which would involve a first round on January 31 with a run-off on February 14. Legislation elections would follow on March 26.
“We are concerned because there is still a lack of clarity regarding the intentions of the junta chief,” Mouctar Balde, head of the NFD opposition party.
Camara’s bloodless coup was initially greeted with relief at home and abroad for having avoiding the prospect of chaos following Conte’s death, but investors have since made clear they would like to see timely elections.
Metals giant Rio Tinto last month agreed to move equipment from two disputed iron ore concessions in Guinea after the junta threatened to shut down all its operations there.

Pic: Captain Moussa Dadis Camara- Junta leader