Guinea's Legislative Election Postponed To September 28: Mediator

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Reuters
Guinea's long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by four days to September 28 following talks between the opposition and government on Saturday in Conakry, a United Nations mediator said.

Guinea's President Alpha Conde and France's President Hollande attend a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Guinea's long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by four days to September 28 following talks between the opposition and government on Saturday in Conakry, a United Nations mediator said.

Guinea main opposition leader had threatened to call supporters onto the streets if authorities pushed ahead with the election without fully addressing complaints over preparations.

Said Djinnit, U.N. mediator in the talks to end a political deadlock in the country that is led to violent street protests, said all parties had agreed to the delay to let the electoral commission fine-tune its plans.

"We are convinced that with this agreement, nothing can hinder the holding of parliamentary elections under free, transparent, and inclusive conditions on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Guinea and abroad," Djinnit said.

The poll, meant to cap Guinea's transition back to civilian rule, has been repeatedly delayed since President Alpha Conde was elected three years ago, sowing doubts amongst Guineans, investors and donors over political progress in the world's top bauxite exporter.