AU Commission chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is “concerned” about political developments in Guinea.
With a May date tentatively set for elections in the west African country, she has urged Guineans and other stakeholders to remain calm and “engage in genuine dialogue on the way forward”.
Her plea follows a weekend marked by street clashes and violence that saw killings and the destruction of property in the capital of Conakry. A statement by President Alpha Conde said at least 65 people were injured during violent clashes between rival ethnic gangs.
“I am closely following the situation in Guinea,” the former South African Minister of Home Affairs said.
“There is a need for all political stakeholders to redouble their efforts in devising an acceptable electoral framework that would address the concerns of all and ensure peaceful and credible elections take place in the country.”
She also pledged the AU and its relevant instruments to support of what she termed the “ongoing democratic process” in the volatile country.