Africa Weekly: The shooting at Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests | AFP

Nigeria is reeling after security forces opened fire on protesters in Lagos, killing several, but authorities deny responsibility. Guinea is dealing with post-election violence as President Alpha Conde appears set for a first-round election victory, and tensions rise in Ivory Coast ahead of polls at the end of the month in which President Alassane Ouattara is running for a controversial third term.

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Guinea police and protesters clash in opposition stronghold in capital | AFP

Guinean police and protesters face off in the opposition suburb of Bambeto in the capital Conakry, after the opponents of President Alpha Conde cried fraud in last Sunday’s vote, despite African monitors backing the process.

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Guinea police and protesters clash in opposition stronghold in capital | AFP

Guinean police and protesters face off in the opposition suburb of Bambeto in the capital Conakry, after the opponents of President Alpha Conde cried fraud in last Sunday’s, despite African monitors backing the process.

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Polls close in Guinea presidential election | AFP

A polling station closes in the Guinean capital Conakry. Voters have been casting their ballots in a high-stakes presidential election, with the 82-year-old incumbent Alpha Conde bidding for a controversial third term. But he faces a challenge from his old rival, the main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, as well as 10 other candidates.

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Guinean leading opposition canididate casts vote in presidential election | AFP

Cellou Dalein Diallo, Guinea’s leading opposition politician, casts his vote in the country’s presidential election, in which he is hoping to stop the 82-year-old incumbent Alpha Conde from winning a controversial third term.

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Guinean President Alpha Conde casts vote as he bids for third term | AFP

In Guinea, incumbent President Alpha Conde votes in a polling station in the capital Conakry. Twelve candidates are in the running to lead this country of some 12 million inhabitants, among the poorest in the world rival its immense natural resources. The 82-year-old Conde’s mian opponent is long-time opponent Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, who was formerly a prime minister under authoritarian leader Lansana Conte. Some 5.4 million registered voters are due to cast their ballots, and initial results are expected to be announced several days afterwards. A second round is scheduled for November 24.

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Voting opens in Guinea’s tense presidential election | AFP

Guineans begin voting in a tense presidential election seen as a test of democracy as incumbent President Alpha Conde seeks a controversial third term in office.

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Africa Weekly: Thousands of Nigerians in the streets against notorious police unit | AFP

Mass protests in Nigeria to demand the disbanding of elite police accused of brutality have grown into an anti-government movement, blocking a key roadway in the mega city of Lagos. Guineans go to the ballot on Sunday, where President Alpha Condé is bidding for a third term, a divisive move that has seen deadly mass demonstrations over the past year.

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Guinea’s President Conde holds last rally before elections | AFP

Guinean President Alpha Conde, 82, rallies thousands of supporters at a last campaign event at the Stade du 28 Septembre ahead of presidential elections on Sunday. The poll follows months of political unrest, where mass protests against a Conde third term, from October last year, have left dozens of people dead in a security-forces crackdown.

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Electricity-starved Guineans look to prized dam project as election nears | AFP

In Guinea, less than a third of the population has access to electricity, a lack which is becoming a source of social conflict. President Alpha Condé, who is running for a third term in office in the 18th of October election, has placed electricity at the forefront of previous campaigns. But while Guinea’s biggest dam is now almost complete, people in the interior of the country are impatient: there is still no distribution network to illuminate their homes, yet the big mining companies have power day and night.

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Africa Weekly: Africa’s one million coronavirus cases | AFP

Over one million cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Africa, with officials saying the real figures are much higher. Nevertheless, countries are continuing the slow return to normality, doing their best to resume flights and lessons for students. Elsewhere Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara and Guinean leader Alpha Conde both look set to run for third terms in October elections.

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Guinea President Condé votes in referendum as protesters clash with police | AFP

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé votes in the capital Conakry in parliamentary polls and a Constitutional referendum, as police fire tear gas at protesters who claim the referendum is a ploy for Condé to have a third term in power.

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Voting and the virus: Guinea holds Constitutional referendum | AFP

Guineans go to the polls in parliamentary elections and a Constitutional referendum that critics say will prolong President Alpha Conde’s rule, amid violent clashes and fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus. IMAGES

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Clashes in Guinea ahead of constitutional referendum despite virus | AFP

Police fire teargas amid protest in Guinea ahead of a Constitutional referendum Sunday that could prolong President Alpha Conde’s rule, with the leader vowing to go ahead with the vote despite opposition and the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Guinea-Bissau: military occupy state institutions under the order of the new president | AFP

Following the postponement of legislative elections and a constitutional referendum by Guinean President Alpha Condé, the military and law enforcement occupy state institutions, including the government palace where the PM’s office is located. IMAGES

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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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A round up of news and features | AFP

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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