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GUINEANS VOTE IN HISTORIC CONSTITUTION REVIEW

Voters in the West African state Guinea were on Sunday called to the polls for a bitterly-disputed referendum that critics say is a ploy by President Alpha Conde to stay in power.

Conde is proposing a change to the constitution to codify gender equality and introduce other social reforms.

But his opponents fear the real motive is to reset presidential term limits, allowing 82 years Conde, to run for a third term in office, a scenario that his government has not discounted.

Guineans started protest since October, against the possibility, of which no fewer than 31 people have been killed.

There were also concerns about the fairness of Sunday’s vote, which took place despite the concern about the spread of coronavirus in Africa.

Originally scheduled for March 1, Conde postponed it late last month after international criticism of some 2.5 million dubious names on the country’s electoral roll.