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Title: CNDD LIFTS BAN ON POLITICAL AND UNION ACTIVITIES

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09CONAKRY1332009-03-02 15:43:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Conakry
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SUBJECT: CNDD LIFTS BAN ON POLITICAL AND UNION ACTIVITIES 
 
¶1.  (U) On February 28 over national television, the CNDD 
publicly lifted the ban on political and union activities in 
Guinea.  The military junta had instituted the ban within 
hours of seizing power on December 23.  Local press reports 
indicate that the announcement was positively received by a 
wide range of union and political leaders although some 
reportedly commented that they are still waiting for the CNDD 
to announce an election date.  Former Prime Minister and 
leader of the UFR political party, Sidya Toure, told Pol LES 
that the decision to lift the ban is a positive step forward 
for the transition process.  Toure noted that civilian 
leaders had recently requested that the CNDD lift the ban. 
Dr. Mohammed Diane, Secretary General of the RPG political 
party, told Pol LES much the same thing.  He added that the 
parties will now need to see how the CNDD actually reacts to 
political party activities in the weeks and months ahead. 
 
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¶2.  (SBU) Both unions and political parties continued to meet 
after the coup, despite the ban, but with a great deal of 
reservation and concern.  Contacts see the lifting of the ban 
as permission to freely resume their activities, signaling a 
return to "normalcy."  END COMMENT. 
RASPOLIC