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Guinea opposition agrees to abandon protests

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 1:51pm  ET

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Guinea's opposition, which had threatened street protests to challenge results of a recent parliamentary election, announced they will follow the country's legal channels for registering their complaint.

The West African nation has been paralyzed by violent demonstrations led by the opposition. The protests stem from the country's divisive 2010 presidential election, which the ruling party won amid complaints of ethnic targeting in regions of the country favorable to the opposition. Opposition leaders say the Sept. 28 parliamentary election, which was also won by the ruling party, was deeply flawed.

Their statement released Wednesday indicates the opposition was moved by appeals from the international community, including the United Nations special envoy, who has made repeated trips to Conakry to try to avert violence.


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