Head of Guinea's election commission resigns, days after violent protests

CONAKRY, Guinea - The head of Guinea's electoral body has announced his resignation in a statement read on state TV, bowing to the demands and protests of an opposition alleging the rigging of the electoral process ahead of much-delayed parliamentary elections.

 

Louceny Camara, president of the National Independent Electoral Commission, made his resignation public on Wednesday evening. The opposition had accused him of being

an ally of President Alpha Conde, who won the 2010 presidential election in a vote that was deemed democratic but deeply divisive.

 

The 2010 presidential election was delayed many times because of disagreements over the make-up of the electoral commission, which acts as the referee of the vote. Since then, the warring sides have not been able to agree on how to move forward to hold parliamentary elections.

 

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