From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

NEWS
President Ernest Koroma & Johnson-Sirleaf Visit Conakry
By Bampia Bundu (in Liberia) & Sylvia Blyden (in Freetown)
Aug 18, 2010, 23:58

President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Laurent Gbagbo of Ivorry Coast and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia all traveled to neighbouring Conakry, Guinea yesterday Tuesday, August 17, 2010 for a one day working visit. According to a Release from Liberia's Executive Mansion read out over Monrovia Radio stations, Johnson-Sirleaf as Chairman of the Mano River Union invited her colleague Heads of State "to consult with the authorities and the key election contestants of Guinea on the satisfactory electoral process that is underway in that country".

 

Welcoming the visitors to Conakry, Guinea was the military man acting as Head of State in Guinea who was reportedly commended by the subregional leaders for his handling of the peaceful transition so far. The acting Guinean Head of State assured of his determination for a free and fair electoral process in the upcoming run-off elections slated for next month between Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Guinea Union of Democratic Forces (UFDG) and Professor Alpha Conde of the Guinea People's Rally (RPG).


However, speaking over Radio Mankneh, Makeni last night on the return of the Sierra Leone President, the Information Minister reported that supporters of one of the candidates was making that country to be politically charged with their stated displeasure over the prolonged delay in the Run-off elections that is now slated for mid next month. According to Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, the visiting Presidents raised concerns over the politically charged atmosphere in their neighbouring sister Republic whilst encouraging all political actors to see the importance of keeping the peace.



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