Guinea to hold presidential elections in six months 2010-01-16 14:37:04   Print

    LOME, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Guinea's political rivals agreed Friday to set up a transitional commission and hold presidential elections in six months in a bid to bring stability to the West African country, according to reports reaching here from Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso.

    Wounded junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who is in temporary exile in Burkina Faso, the junta's No. 2 Sekouba Konate, and Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the mediator, signed a joint declaration following negotiations held from Wednesday to Friday.

    The declaration proposed the establishment of a transitional commission led by a religious figure and consisting of 101 members from various walks of life.

    The declaration said presidential elections would be held within six months, barring all members of the junta, the transitional commission and anyone in military service from running.

    Negotiators said in the declaration that they would ask the Economic Community of West African States to send observers to ensure the reliability of the upcoming elections.

    Meanwhile, the declaration provided for the establishment of a unity government headed by a prime minister to be appointed by the Forces Vives coalition of opposition parties.

    Camara and the president of Burkina Faso also pledged in the declaration to respect public freedom, including freedom of the press and freedom of expression, and to safeguard personal and property safety.

    Camara, who had previously received treatment in a military hospital in Rabat, Morocco, after sustaining gunshots in the head by an aide-de-camp in early December, arrived in Ouagadougou on Tuesday night.

    The junta chief, under intense pressure, agreed to remain in temporary exile in Burkina Faso on Friday.

Editor: Anne Tang
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