Anxiety rises ahead of Guinea's legislative vote

AP News
Posted: Sep 27, 2013 8:02 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Anxiety is rising in Guinea's capital as the nation awaits hotly contested legislative elections this weekend that many fear will descend into violence.

For the past few days, transport stations have been swarmed with passengers strapping their luggage to the tops of share-taxis headed out of the capital.

Saturday's vote has been delayed several times and disputes over the polls already have led to deadly protests.

The West African country that long suffered under dictatorship and strongman rule has not held parliamentary elections in more than a decade.

Observers said a 2010 presidential election was transparent, though it exacerbated tensions between the country's Malinke and Peul ethnic groups.

Saturday's vote is also falling on the four-year anniversary of Guinea's notorious stadium massacre, when more than 150 people were killed.