Gearing Up for Guinea's 2015 Elections: Expectations, Alliances and Vulnerabilities
Bram Posthumus, Freelance Journalist; Author, Guinea: Masks, Music and Minerals
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme
Political tensions in Guinea continue to build as the leaders of two opposition parties - the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea and the Union of Republican Forces - have formed an alliance to contest October’s presidential elections.
The danger for electoral fraud and unrest is rising as economic growth declines in the wake of the 2013 Ebola outbreak.
Yet Guinea remains rich in natural resources, and its economic recovery will be aided by the international community’s pledge of more than $5billion to Ebola-impacted countries.
Bram Posthumus, who has been following events in Guinea since 1995, will discuss political and economic trends as the country prepares for elections.