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Guinea closes borders

by Staff Writers
Conakry (AFP) Nov 27, 2010
Guinea's interim leader said Saturday the country's borders had been closed, 10 days after a state of emergency was imposed until the release of final presidential election results.

"From today, November 27, all land, sea and river borders of the Republic of Guinea are closed for immigration, on the entire national territory and until further notice," said a statement by interim Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore read on state radio.

"No emigration is authorised without special agreement by the authorities," it added.

No further details were given.

Guinea imposed a state of emergency on November 17 after post-election violence that left at least seven people dead in three days.

The proclamation of provisional results declaring opposition leader Alpha Conde the victor angered supporters of defeated candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The state of emergency was to be lifted once final results are announced by the supreme court -- at the latest on Thursday.

Guinea's interim president General Sekouba Konate meanwhile dismissed deputy armed forces chief Aboubakar Sidiki Camara, but no reason was given in a radio announcement.

Konate is currently on a private visit in Morocco for health reasons and was expected to return to Guinea on Tuesday.

earlier related report
Madagascar court accuses judge of link to mutineers
Antananarivo (AFP) Nov 27, 2010 - A Madagascar court has charged a former International Court of Justice judge with threatening state security over an alleged link to a mutiny earlier this month, his lawyer said Saturday.

"Raymond Ranjeva is out on bail and has been indicted on charges of complicity to incite unrest, civil war and acts of destabilisation," Eric Andrianahaga told AFP.

"He has been told to appear again next Friday (December 3), but the trial won't happen anytime soon," the lawyer said.

On October 12, Ranjeva appealed for a "real neutral transition", which he would head up, referring to an alternative to the country's transitional administration. Madagascar's current ruler Andry Rajoelina toppled president Marc Ravalomanana in March 2009 in an army-backed coup.

Investigators are now making a link between that declaration and the recent mutiny on the island.

Ranjeva is a former rector of Antananarivo university and was vice president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

On November 17, while the Indian Ocean island was voting in a constitutional referendum a group of some 20 officers announced they were "suspending government institutions" and said a military committee would run the country.

On November 20 the armed forces put an end to the mutiny by storming the barracks where they were holed up.




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