Chief of Guinea opposition gives 5-day deadline

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Associated Press

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 11:34 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Cellou Dalein Diallo, the head of Guinea's opposition, says he is giving the country's election body another five days to meet their demands, including publishing a corrected list of registered voters.

Diallo said Friday at a press conference broadcast on private radio stations that if the National Independent Electoral Commission fails to comply with their request by Wednesday at midnight, the opposition will begin street protests next Thursday.

Guinea has been paralyzed by quarrels between the opposition and ruling party over the modalities of a much-delayed legislative election, which is due to take place on Sept. 24. The opposition claims that the voter list is flawed, with an explosion of voters in precincts known to be favorable to the ruling party, and a marked decrease in opposition strongholds.

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