Guinea to hold contested polls boycotted by opposition

There has been violence in Guinea ahead of a controversial referendum on constitutional amendments critics say will be used to allow 82-year-old President Alpha Conde to extend his time in office with a third term.

Despite attacks on several polling sites, alleged irregularities in voter lists, and concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the government is still urging people to vote.

Al Jazeera’s Katia Lopez-Hodoyan reports.

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In This Story: Guinea

Guinea is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly known as French Guinea (French: Guinée française), the modern country is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries with “Guinea” in the name.

It’s known for the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, in the southeast. The reserve protects a forested mountain range rich in native plants and animals, including chimpanzees and the viviparous toad. On the coast, the capital city, Conakry, is home to the modern Grand Mosque and the National Museum.

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