Political Agreement reached in Guinea between Ruling and Opposition Parties (August 21, 2015)

For Immediate Release

 STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON

Political Agreement reached in Guinea between Ruling and Opposition Parties

 We commend the agreement reached between Guinea’s ruling and opposition political parties, which clears the way for Guinea to hold the first round of presidential elections on October 11.  The Government of Guinea and the main opposition political parties demonstrated goodwill, flexibility, and a shared commitment to holding credible, inclusive, and peaceful elections.

The U.S. government remains committed to supporting the electoral process and urges the parties to continue dialogue throughout the election period and commit themselves and their supporters to non-violence.  We encourage all parties to build on this positive development by working together to prepare for the elections according to the new agreement.  The United States sees a role for all Guineans in standing together at this important moment and ensuring the upcoming elections unify Guinea and strengthen its democracy.