Guinea outlook brightens amid mining speculation but clouded by poll doubts

Issue 422 - 10 Sep 2020

Guinea’s ruling party confirmed on 31 August that President Alpha Condé would stand for a third term in elections on 18 October.That the 82-year-old president made no personal announcement may reflect the controversial nature of his decision amid rising political tensions.There is an economic logic behind efforts in recent months to drive forward the country’s biggest project, to develop the huge iron ore reserves at Simandou with an associated 650km transport corridor scheme, and to finally overcome chronic power shortages. But government decisions are also being driven by a political imperative: to get Condé re-elected for what many argue is an unconstitutional third term.

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