Guinea's new electoral commission delayed

Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's opposition is stepping up its objections to the country's new electoral commission, delaying a swearing-in ceremony.

Members of the commission were appointed earlier this week by a presidential decree but an opposition coalition has threatened to sue if the list is not changed.

Opposition spokesman Aboubacar Sylla says that of the 10 seats reserved for the opposition, only nine people named were actually opposition members. A swearing-in ceremony set for Wednesday was postponed after the opposition said it would boycott.

Disagreements over the electoral process have become violent protests and have made it impossible for the West African nation to hold legislative elections. Guinea suffered decades of dictatorship and strongman rule before 2010, when it held its first democratic presidential election since independence from France in 1958.