The leading opponent of the Guinean junta, Cellou Dalein Diallo, travelled to the United States in June. The New York leg of his tour was in part organised by the Falls, a powerful family of the diaspora that has been pulling strings behind the scenes for Guinea's former prime minister.
The call to demonstrate on June 23 by the Front National Pour la Défense de la Constitution (FNDC) resulted from negotiations held at the beginning of the month between the organisation and key leaders from the opposition.
For the past few weeks, the transitional president of Guinea, Col Mamady Doumbouya, has been quietly making changes to further strengthen his authority over Guinea's armed forces. This mix special forces appointments and dismissals elsewhere could trigger the first upset within the junta's security apparatus.
Although most of Guinea's ambassadors were recalled in early February, none of them has so far returned to Conakry. Interim president Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya is nevertheless pursuing his efforts little by little to change his country's diplomatic line-up abroad.
The new international communications advisor at the Elysée Palace, Anne-Sophie Bradelle, appointed in late March, has a strong background in African politics. When on assignment with Euro RSCG, now Havas, she was involved in Guinean Alpha Condé's successful presidential bid in 2010 and Thomas Boni Yayi's winning campaign in Benin the following year.
With Guinea’s October presidential elections looming, all the signs suggest that incumbent Alpha Conde is headed for a second - and supposedly last - term in office. The Guinean leader, who obtained a paltry 18% of the vote in the [.
U.S. President Barack Obama is paying the price for the weakness of his Africa policy. In four years, Obama has only visited sub-Saharan Africa once, making a trip to Ghana in 2009. His apparent lack of interest in the continent [.