Mass protests in Guinea against possible third term for President Conde | AFP

Thousands of Guinean opposition supporters gather in Conakry for a mass rally against President Alpha Conde’s purported desire to stand for a third term in office. Wearing the opposition colour red, protesters carry placards reading “No to a new constitution” and “No to a third mandate for Alpha Conde”. After becoming the country’s first democratically-elected president in 2010, Conde was re-elected in 2015, though under the present constitution, presidents are limited to two terms in office. IMAGES

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This week on Africa Weekly, we head to to Guinea, where for the past two months, opposition supporters have been protesting a new draft of the constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to remain in power for a third term. Then we head to Somalia where the African Union Mission is due to withdraw in 2021, but many are worried that local forces will not be ready to take on this role in time for the withdrawal deadline.

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Thousands of Guineans demonstrate in support of President Conde | AFP

Tens of thousands of Guineans rally in support of President Alpha Conde after two weeks of violent protests against the leader’s suspected bid to prolong his rule claimed around 10 lives. IMAGES

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St Petersburg Economic Forum: Opening Ceremony

The main St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) kicks off with an opening ceremony in Russia’s northern capital, St Petersburg.

The opening remarks are being delivered by:
Sergey Prikhodko, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chief of Staff of the Government of the Russian Federation, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea
Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission

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