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A West African nation, south of Senegal and
Mali, and member of ECOWAS. The capital is Conakry.
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-18)(WSJ, 1/2/98, p.8)(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A9)
Guinea was established in 1891, taking the same borders as the
previous colony of Rivieres du Sud (1882–1891). Prior to 1882, the
coastal portions of French Guinea were part of the French colony of
1895 French Guinea was made a
dependent colony, and its Governor then became a Lieutenant Governor
to a Governor-General in Dakar.
1956 Aristides Pereira
(1924-2011) co-founded of the African Party for the Independence of
Guinea and Cape Verde, or PAIGC, which operated in secret in
Guinea-Bissau and in Cape Verde.
1958 Sep 28, Voters in the
African country of Guinea overwhelmingly favored independence from
1958 Oct 2, The former French
colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence from
France under the leadership of Sekou Toure.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A15)(AP, 10/2/97)
1966 Mar 3, Kwame Nkrumah fled
Ghana to Guinée.
1969 Stokely Carmichael, black
power advocate, moved to Guinea.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A7)
1973 Oct 3, Sierra Leone’s
President Stevens engineered the creation of the Mano River Union,
an economic federation of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Guinea joined in
1975 May 25, ECOWAS Treaty1 was
signed. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was
formed in Nigeria with 15 members that included: Benin, Cape Verde,
Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Upper Volta (later
1978 Stokely Carmichael, civil
rights and black power advocate, changed his name to Kwame Ture in
honor of Kwame Nkrumah and Ahmed Sekou Toure, 2 African socialist
leaders in Guinea.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A7)
1980 Guinea joined the Mano
River Union, an economic federation of Sierra Leone and Liberia
created in 1973. Due to conflicts involving the countries the
objectives of the Union could not be achieved. The union was
reactivated in 2004.
1984 In Guinea Lansana Conte
seized power in a coup after the death of his predecessor, Ahmed
(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D9)(AP, 9/29/09)
1993 In Guinea Lansana Conte
formed a political party and won the country's first multiparty
1996 In Guinea soldiers angry
over low pay bombard the presidential palace for several days while
Conte was holed up inside. He emerged unscathed, offered raises to
his attackers and later named a prime minister for the first time.
1996 Sidya Toure, Guinea’s
reformist prime minister, complained shortly after taking office
that 50,000 civil servants in the country were consuming 51% of the
(WSJ, 1/2/98, p.8)
1997 The French documentary
film “Donka: X-Ray of an African Hospital" was shown at the SF Film
Festival. It focused on a public hospital in the Guinean capital of
(SFC, 4/23/97, p.D1)
1997 Guinea awarded the
Anglo-Australian firm Rio Tinto licenses to explore four blocks of
Simandou, the world’s largest known untapped deposit of iron ore.
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.78)
1998 Jun 9, Senegal and Guinea
sent troops to aid Pres. Vieira in Guinea-Bissau. Rebels led by
Ansumane Mane had just staged a coup to end the 18-year rule of
Pres. Vieira, who was accused of corruption.
(SFC, 6/10/98, p.A9)
1998 Jun, A rebellion was
triggered by the dismissal of Brigadier Ansumane Mane. The top
military commander was dismissed for allegedly running guns to
separatist fighters in Senegal.
(SFC, 2/2/99, p.A9)
1998 Nov 15, Kwame Ture, aka
Stokely Carmichael, died in Guinea at age 57.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A7)
1998 Dec 14, In Guinea Lansana
Conte was re-elected president to a 7-year term with 54.1% of the
vote. The opposition rejected as flawed.
(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D9)(AP, 9/29/09)
1998 The Guinean film “Dakan"
was made by Mohamed Camara.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.E3)
1998 Alpha Conde, opposition
leader, was arrested for plotting to topple the government of Pres.
Lansana Conte. Conde was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 5 years
in prison. 47 co-defendants were also convicted and sentenced to
(SFC, 9/13/00, p.A14)
1999 Mar 8, Guinea said that it
had reinforced its border with Sierra Leone following the fall of
Kambia to rebels and raids by rebels against Guinean villages.
(SFC, 3/9/99, p.B10)
1999 Aug 11, In Liberia 6
European relief workers were kidnapped in Kolahun by insurgents
based in Guinea.
(SFC, 8/13/99, p.D2)
1999 Aug 13, In Liberia 7
abducted aid workers were freed and some 90 other UN and foreign
workers fled into Guinea to avoid fighting.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C1)
2000 Jul, Rebels from Guinea
crossed into northern Liberia to fight government forces.
(SFC, 9/18/00, p.A8)
2000 Sep 1, In Guinea 50 people
were killed by attackers on Massadou village.
(SFC, 9/18/00, p.A8)
2000 Sep 17, In Guinea a UN
worker, Mensah Kpognon, was killed in Macenta where attackers also
burned down the military garrison. Gunmen from Liberia were blamed.
A second worker, Sapeu Laurence Djeya, was also kidnapped in the
raid, and later released.
(SFC, 9/18/00, p.A8)(SFC, 9/29/00, p.D2)(AP,
2000 Nov 6, It was reported
that at least 600 people had been killed since mid-September in
cross-border attacks from Sierra Leone. Some 500,000 refugees had
settled here in the last ten years seeking shelter from wars in
Sierra Leone and Liberia
(SFC, 11/7/00, p.B2)
2002 Jun 30, The ruling party
of Guinea's president hoped to win big in long-delayed legislative
elections, but most opposition parties boycotted the ballot.
2002 Jul 20, Refugees in flight
from Liberia's war surged to 200,000, and those reaching safety in
neighboring Guinea spoke of worsening atrocities by President
Charles Taylor's forces: looting, raping, burning and killing
2002 Zach Niles, Banker White
and Chris Veland, novice American filmmakers, visited Guinea and
discovered a group of musicians in the Sembakounya Refugee Camp
called the Refugee All Stars. Members had left Sierra Leone in 1999.
Niles and White made a film of the group, which gained int’l
recognition and by 2006 organized a tour for the group in the US.
(SFC, 7/13/06, p.E1)
2003 Dec 21, Guinea's longtime
leader Lansana Conte was expected to easily win another term as
president in elections after an opposition boycott left a
little-known parliamentarian as the only challenger for the post.
2003 Dec 25, Guinea's ailing
President Lansana Conte was declared the victor in presidential
elections boycotted by the opposition, securing a landslide victory
with over 95 percent of the vote, according to provisional results.
2004 Jul, Guinea state radio
announced that a 25-year-old miner found a 182-carat diamond near
the southeast border. By contrast the Hope diamond is 45.52 carats.
(SFC, 7/20/04, p.A12)
2005 Jan, In Guinea shots were
fired at the presidential cavalcade as it entered Conakry.
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.44)
2005 Feb, Mamadouba “Toto"
Camara, a popular Guinean lieutenant was arrested.
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.44)
2005 Jun 29, The US military
said it sent a ship to Africa's oil-rich Gulf of Guinea to train
west African nations to combat threats including terrorism, drug
trafficking and petroleum theft.
2005 Guinea’s population was
about 8 million.
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.44)
2006 Jun 12, In Guinea students
infuriated by a postponement of exams protested in Conakry, the
capital and in Labe, with some throwing rocks and burning tires. The
Red Cross said six people were killed during the demonstrations.
2006 Nov 6, Transparency
International, a watchdog group, reported that nearly three-quarters
of 163 countries ranked in a new survey suffer from a perception of
serious corruption, while in nearly half it is seen as rampant.
Finland, Iceland and New Zealand ranked as the least corrupt, while
Haiti, Guinea and Myanmar ranked as most corrupt.
(AP, 11/6/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.69)
2007 Jan 10, In Guinea shop,
government and business workers held a general strike, heeding a
union call for protests after President Lansana Conte decided to
free two corruption suspects. Unions demanded that Mamadou Sylla and
Fode Soumah, who have been charged with embezzling public funds and
imprisoned in Conakry on December 6, be put back in jail. The strike
threatened the world’s surplus of alumina, used to make aluminum.
Guinea accounted for 10% of the world’s bauxite exports and 30% of
(AFP, 1/10/07)(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A13)
2007 Jan 19, In Guinea 2 people
were killed when police and troops opened fire on thousands of
demonstrators, raising the death toll to five since a general strike
was launched in the west African nation this month.
2007 Jan 21, Embattled Guinean
President Lansana Conte called on his country's armed forces to
stand united in the face of a crippling general strike that has
claimed 10 lives as pressure mounted for him to resign. The African
Union called on Pres. Conte to pursue talks with trade union leaders
to ease a 12-day-old strike.
2007 Jan 22, In Guinea security
forces fired on protesters marching on the presidential palace. At
least 30 people were killed and over a hundred injured.
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.48)
2007 Jan 25, Guinea’s Health
Ministry said battles between security forces and protesters earlier
this week killed at least 59 people, almost double the toll
2007 Jan 27, Guinea's union
leaders ended a deadly 17-day strike after the president agreed to
name a new prime minister with boosted powers.
2007 Feb 9, In Guinea President
Lansana Conte named Eugene Camara, a recently appointed cabinet
member, as prime minister. The move was apparently aimed at
appeasing union leaders who led a crippling two-week strike. Under
an agreement signed by the two sides, the new PM cannot have
previously served in the government.
2007 Feb 10, In Guinea at least
four people were killed in Conakry as protesters rioted against the
president's decision to appoint a political ally as prime minister.
2007 Feb 13, In Guinea citizens
were banned from leaving their homes as a strict curfew took effect
in this West African country after the president instituted martial
law following days of deadly protests.
2007 Feb 16, A spokesperson
said the UN has allocated $2.35 million from an emergency fund to
provide humanitarian aid to Guinea, which is in the midst of a tense
2007 Feb 25, Guinea's powerful
union chiefs called off a crippling strike after the president
agreed to appoint a new prime minister in an attempt to end
simmering unrest that has killed scores of people this year. Conte
later appointed Lansana Kouyate as prime minister, from a list
approved by union leaders.
(AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 9/29/09)
2007 Mar 5, African Union
commission chief Alpha Oumar Konare urged Guinea's President Lansana
Conte to step down as he voiced solidarity with recent protests
against the veteran leader.
2007 Mar 19, In Guinea a bridge
collapsed under the weight of a lorry overloaded with passengers and
goods leaving 65 people dead.
(Reuters, 3/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 28, Guinean leaders
agreed on the formation of a new government in a bid to end months
of unrest and political crisis.
2007 Mar 30, In Guinea a
motorized wooden boat crowded with passengers and merchandise
capsized offshore from Conakry, drowning at least 46 people and
possibly dozens more.
2007 May 4, In Guinea soldiers
protesting the government's failure to give them promised pay raises
beat a shopkeeper to death as they looted his store and fired shots
in the air, wounding at least 25 civilians.
2007 May 11, In Guinea soldiers
demanding pay raises spread their revolt from Conakry, seizing
control of many provincial towns, going on looting sprees and
killing at least two people in the second day of an uprising in the
West African nation.
2007 May 12, Guinean President
Lansana Conte agreed to replace his unpopular defense minister, a
key demand of soldiers leading a three-day-old military revolt.
2007 Jun 2, The Comoros and
Guinea joined the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) at a
summit of the nine-year-old African grouping in Libya, raising its
membership to 25 countries.
2007 Jun 15, Human Rights Watch
reported that tens of thousands of elementary school-age girls work
in Guinea for no pay as household servants in conditions akin to
2008 Jan 4, Young men stormed
the streets of Guinea, hurling rocks and setting tires ablaze as
labor unions called for a strike, threatening to throw the African
nation into gridlock.
2008 May 3, In Guinea prison
authorities said more than 30 prisoners escaped from a jail by using
spoons to scoop a hole in the baked earth wall of their prison
building which had been softened by rain.
2008 May 20, Guinea’s Pres.
Conte unexpectedly fired PM Kouyate. Junior troops disgruntled over
back pay and demanding that Guinea's top generals resign began
firing into the air at several military bases on the outskirts of
the capital, Conakry. They took the army's second-in-command
2008 May 27, Guinea's new PM
Ahmed Tidiane Souare announced a deal to pay mutinous soldiers years
of salary arrears, effectively ending the West African nation's
2008 Jun 16, Police in Guinea
went on strike, firing gunshots repeatedly into the air and blocking
the country's main port. The work stoppage was launched in response
to low wages and unpaid bonuses going back years.
2008 Jun 25, The International
Crisis Group think tank said Guinea's "main problem is president
Lansana Conte," regarding the situation in the West African nation
shaken by army and police protests.
2008 Aug 1, Anglo-Australian
mining giant Rio Tinto said it received correspondence from Guinea
President Lansana Conte "purporting to rescind the Simandou Mining
Concession." Just before his death on Dec 22 Conte signed rights to
mine the northern half of the Simandou Mining Concession to Israeli
businessman Benny Steinmetz for $160m, who in turn soon sold a 51%
stake to Brazil’s Vale for $2.5 billion.
(AFP, 8/3/08)(Econ, 6/7/14, p.57)(Econ, 12/6/14,
2008 Nov 26, Off Sierra Leone
pirates from neighboring Guinea attacked a Chinese fishing vessel in
a rare attack that ended with four suspects dead. Two pirates were
shot, two drowned and the other pirates were arrested by the Sierra
2008 Dec 22, In Guinea longtime
dictator Lansana Conte died. His death was made public the next day
as a military-led group seized control of the airwaves.
2008 Dec 23, In Guinea a
military-led group seized control of the airwaves and declared a
coup after the death of the mineral-rich West African country's
longtime dictator, but PM Ahmed Tidiane Souare insisted he remained
2008 Dec 24, in Guinea military
officers, who have staged a coup, said they were installing Captain
Moussa Dadis Camara as president, but promised to hold elections in
2008 Dec 25, In Guinea coup
leader Capt. Moussa Camara solidified his grip as PM Ahmed Tidiane
Souare and other government leaders surrendered and stepped down.
(SFC, 12/26/08, p.A21)
2008 Dec 27, Guinea's coup
leader said he would allow the opposition and union leaders to help
choose a prime minister. The military junta was boosted by the
endorsement of neighboring Senegal as it attempted to garner
international backing, and, after meeting political parties,
promised to stamp out the burgeoning drugs trade.
(AP, 12/27/08)(Reuters, 12/27/08)
2008 Dec 28, Coup leaders
demoted Guinea's many military generals, setting up a possible
struggle with battalions no longer under central command.
2008 Dec 29, The African Union
suspended Guinea after a military coup in the west African nation.
2008 Dec 30, Coup leaders in
Guinea named Kabine Komara, a civilian banker, as prime minister,
making good on a key promise a week after seizing power upon the
death of the country's dictator.
2008 Guinea’s new military
junta fueled inflation by printing extra money. Military strongman
Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara ordered the central bank to send a truck
full of cash each week to the barracks from which he ran the country
before he went into exile after surviving an assassination attempt.
2009 Jan 10, In Nigeria leaders
of ECOWAS, West Africa's regional economic body, suspended Guinea's
membership following a military coup in the country.
2009 Jan 23, Officials said
Liberia's worst caterpillar plague in three decades has spread to
neighboring Guinea after swarms of the crop-eating insects
devastated more than 45 towns.
2009 Jan 29, The African Union
said the exclusion from its summit of Mauritania and Guinea, which
both suffered coups recently, proved the continent had moved on from
its checkered past. The summit was scheduled for Feb 1-3 in
2009 Feb 24, In Guinea Ousmane
Conte, the son of Guinea's late longtime dictator, was arrested on
allegations of drug trafficking.
2009 Mar 18, Amnesty
international said authorities in Gambia have rounded up about 1,000
people and forced them to drink hallucinogens in a witch-hunting
campaign. Authorities began inviting "witch doctors," who combat
witches, to come from nearby Guinea soon after the death earlier
this year of President Yahya Jammeh’s aunt.
2009 Mar, In Guinea confessions
regarding drug dealing and corruption began on state television. The
broadcasts became known as "The Dadis Show," after Capt. Moussa
Dadis Camara, the junior army officer who grabbed power in a coup
and promised to crack down on corruption, including on the flagrant
2009 Apr 27, An international
human rights group said elite soldiers in junta-ruled Guinea are
taking advantage of an anti-corruption drive to rob, extort and beat
intimidated civilians in the West African nation with impunity.
2009 May 5, Guinea's ruling
junta recalled 30 ambassadors, nearly five months after seizing
power when the West African country's longtime dictator died.
2009 Sep 2, Authorities in
Guinea banned live political chat shows, the latest sign of
political unease after violent demonstrations and accusations of
phone censorship deepened a row over delayed elections. The military
junta that has run the world's top bauxite producer since a December
2008 coup is facing mounting opposition and criticism after it
delayed until 2010 elections which the military leader has not ruled
out standing in.
2009 Sep 18, The African Union
announced it would impose sanctions on Guinea's junta leader,
Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, over his intention to run in upcoming
2009 Sep 28, Guinea’s
military's presidential guard shot at pro-democracy demonstrators in
Conakry, leaving at least 157 people dead. The government put the
death toll at 57. Eyewitnesses said security forces had stripped
female protesters and raped them in the streets. Other eyewitnesses
said soldiers had stabbed protesters with knives and bayonets. On
June 27, 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Pivi, an influential member
of the junta at the time and now minister for presidential security,
was charged over his alleged role in a stadium massacre. On Dec 16,
2016, Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite was arrested in Senegal for
involvement in the massacre.
(AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 10/2/09)(Reuters, 6/28/13)(AFP,
2009 Sep 30, Guinea's military
leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, banned all gatherings and
demonstrations and called for two days of mourning after troops
opened fire on 50,000 pro-democracy protesters at a stadium rally on
2009 Oct 13, Guinea's military
government said it has signed a $7 billion mining agreement with a
Chinese company. Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite,
the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds
2009 Oct 16, In Guinea 2
cabinet ministers resigned and France urged its citizens to leave
the former French colony as armed attacks increased in the aftermath
of a bloody rally last month where soldiers fired on pro-democracy
2009 Oct 17, The West Africa
regional bloc ECOWAS imposed an arms embargo against Guinea,
accusing the ruling military junta for "mass human rights
violations" during anti-government protests last month.
2009 Oct 27, US-based Human
Rights Watch said the Sept. 28 massacre by Guinean troops of at
least 150 people and the rapes of dozens of women at a pro-democracy
rally in Guinea were premeditated, and that rapes of kidnapped women
continued for days.
2009 Oct 28, In Guinea tens of
thousands of workers went on strike to mark the one-month
anniversary of a massacre in which troops fatally shot pro-democracy
demonstrators and raped women in broad daylight. 10 people who
announced they were taking part in a hunger strike were arrested.
The next day they were taken to a restaurant where they were forced
to eat under threat of death. The 10 hunger strikers were released
on Oct 30, after being detained inside a shipping crate with
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/30/09)
2009 Oct 29, African leaders
imposed a new barrage of sanctions Guinea's military rulers,
increasingly under fire in the wake of last month's massacre of
scores of opposition supporters.
2009 Oct 29, African leaders
imposed a new barrage of sanctions Guinea's military rulers,
increasingly under fire in the wake of last month's massacre of
scores of opposition supporters.
2009 Nov 7, African Union Peace
and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said the AU has
implemented sanctions on Guinea's military rulers.
2009 Dec 3, Guinea’s President
Moussa "Dadis" Camara (45) was shot by Abubakar "Toumba" Diakite,
who commands the presidential guard. He was flown to Morocco for
medical treatment following the assassination attempt nearly a year
after he seized power in a coup. Toumba is accused of having led the
presidential guard that opened fire Sep 28 on the peaceful
demonstrators, who had gathered inside the capital's national
2009 Dec 13, In Burkina Faso
diplomats from the US, the African Union and the EU, met to discuss
a plan to return Guinea to civilian rule. West Africa's regional
economic body called for troops to be sent to Guinea to prevent
violence in the wake of an assassination attempt against the
military leader earlier this month and a bloody massacre in
2009 Dec 16, Lieutenant
Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite, a former aide to Guinean junta leader
Moussa Dadis Camara confessed in an aired radio interview to
shooting the Camara out of fear that he would be held to blame for
the bloody quashing of a pro-democracy rally.
2009 Dec 23, The White House
said President Obama has removed Madagascar, Guinea and Niger from a
list of African countries receiving trade benefits, but reinstated
Mauritania. The US froze most aid to Niger and imposed travel bans
on some officials in response to President Mamadou Tandja's moves to
extend his rule over the impoverished West African nation.
(AFP, 12/23/09)(Reuters, 12/23/09)
2010 Jan 8, Officials said
Guinea's No. 2 leader, Gen. Sekouba Konate, is going to Senegal for
medical treatment for cirrhosis of the liver, heightening fears of a
power vacuum since the country's president is already hospitalized
in Morocco following an assassination attempt. Guinea's Health
Minister denied reports that the nation's No. 2 leader was heading
to Senegal to be hospitalized, rejecting rumors he was being
evacuated for a medical emergency.
2010 Jan 12, Guinea's wounded
junta leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, arrived in Burkina Faso
from Morocco to recuperate after last month's assassination attempt.
One of his top opponents said the surprise move could help him avoid
2010 Jan 15, Guinean military
rulers decided to keep wounded junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis
Camara convalescing abroad, leaving his deputy and an opposition
leader to restore civilian rule.
2010 Jan 17, In Burkina Faso
Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, Guinea's exiled leader, appealed for
tolerance and reconciliation after he agreed to resign and remain in
exile following a tumultuous one-year rule that culminated in a
December assassination attempt.
2010 Jan 19, A Guinean
government spokesman said leaders have appointed Jean-Marie Dore, an
opposition veteran, as prime minister, a key step to prepare the
West African nation to transition from military rule to democratic
elections later this year.
2010 Jan 26, In Guinea Jean
Marie Dore, one of the fiercest critics of Guinea's military junta,
became prime minister. The crucial step toward democracy came amid
worries the country's wounded coup leader is trying to influence the
political process from exile.
2010 Feb 16, In Guinea a decree
said that Cmdr. Claude Pivi will stay on as minister in charge of
presidential security. Pivi is considered a rogue commander who is
accused of torturing civilians, including a group of students he
arrested outside a nightclub after discovering the side mirror on
his SUV was missing. Lt. Col. Moussa Tiegboro was appointed to a
special ministerial post within Gen. Sekouba Konate's office.
Tiegboro has been named in a UN investigation as one of the
principle actors behind a Sept. 28 massacre of at least 157 unarmed
2010 Feb 26, Sierra Leone and
five other west African countries (Mauritania, Senegal,
Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea) signed onto an action plan in
Freetown for sustainable mangrove management.
2010 May 18, An Israeli Defense
Ministry spokesman said Israel has fined Global CST, a local
security consulting firm, for negotiating a deal last year to
provide arms and military training to Guinea's military junta
without the state's prior approval. Global CST said it was not
fined, but was instead ordered to spend the money to tighten its
oversight procedures to avoid similar "errors" in the future.
2010 Jun 27, Junta-ruled Guinea
held its first free election since independence more than half a
century ago, a historic vote laden with hope the bedraggled West
African nation will finally end decades of harsh military rule and
launch a new democratic era.
2010 Jun 30, In Guinea a group
of candidates running in what many hoped would be the country's
first free election since independence denounced what they called
widespread fraud in the poll.
2010 Jul 20, Guinea's top court
announced final results from last month's presidential election and
confirmed that the top two finishers will face each other in a
runoff. Former PM Cellou Dalein Diallo garnered nearly 44 percent of
the vote, short of the simple majority needed to avoid a second
round. Longtime opposition politician Alpha Conde won just about 18
percent, while another ex-premier, Sidya Toure came in third place
with close to 13 percent of the vote.
2010 Jul 23, The African Union
said its forces battling Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Mogadishu will be
boosted by a battalion from Guinea and could further swell to reach
2010 Sep 9, In Guinea 2 senior
voting officials were charged with vote tampering and sentenced to
one year in prison a week before a crucial presidential vote. Not
even their lawyers were informed of the court proceeding.
2010 Sep 11, In Guinea at least
24 people were injured when members of rival political parties began
throwing rocks at each other following a campaign event.
2010 Sep 12, In Conakry,
Guinea, one person was killed and dozens were wounded in clashes
between supporters of rival candidates just days before the
country's historic presidential runoff vote.
2010 Sep 16, The head of
communication for Guinea's National Independent Electoral Commission
says The Sep 19 presidential runoff will be postponed by at least
2010 Oct 19, In Guinea 2
political demonstrators were killed by police in the capital, in one
of several violent street clashes ahead of a planned presidential
2010 Oct 22, Guinea announced
an indefinite delay of a presidential election run-off two days
before it was to be held, casting doubt on the West African state's
hopes for civilian rule and provoking fresh protests.
2010 Oct 28, Guinea officials
said thousands of people from the Peul ethnic group have been forced
to flee their homes in ethnic clashes ahead of the country's
upcoming presidential election, overshadowing a looming poll in a
country that has never succeeded in freely electing its leader.
2010 Nov 7, Guineans cast
ballots in a vote that has been delayed multiple times following
violent ethnic clashes that pitted the nation's two largest ethnic
groups against each other, a vote that progressed calmly into the
afternoon despite its underlying tensions. A week later Alpha Conde,
a member of the Malinke ethnic group, was named the winner over
Cellou Dalein Diallo, a member of the Peul ethnic group.
(AP, 11/7/10)(AP, 11/16/10)
2010 Nov 15, Guinea’s National
Independent Electoral Commission declared Alpha Conde the winner
with 52.5% of the nearly 2.9 million ballots counted. Security
forces arrested demonstrators and fired tear gas at those burning
tires in the suburbs of Conakry. Over the next three days, security
forces systematically attacked Peul communities, spraying populated
areas with bullets. They burst into homes where they beat, slapped,
stabbed and burned people.
(AP, 11/15/10)(Reuters, 11/15/10)(AP,
2010 Nov 17, Guinea's military
declared a state of emergency following violence after a tense
presidential election. Pan-African rights group RADDHO said 10
people have been killed and 215 others injured in violence since the
election results were announced earlier this week.
(AP, 11/17/10)(Reuters, 11/17/10)
2010 Nov 27, Guinea's
government announced border closures with Sierra Leone by land, sea
and air this evening stranding hundreds of people from Sierra Leone
on Guinea's side.
2010 Dec 2, Guinea's Supreme
Court validated Alpha Conde's victory in a presidential race
considered the country's first democratic contest, but which was
tainted by the ethnic divide it exposed.
2010 Dec 6, The African Union
appointed Guinea's interim president Sekouba Konate to drive forward
plans for an African military force which had been due to be
operational by this year.
2010 Dec 10, Guinea lifted a
state of emergency in a sign of rising stability since elections
marred by street violence. The African Union confirmed that it has
lifted sanctions against Guinea following the country's presidential
(AP, 12/10/10)(Reuters, 12/11/10)
2010 Dec 21, Alpha Conde
heralded a new era for Guinea after being sworn as the nation's
first freely elected president in front of visiting heads of state
and jubilant supporters.
2010 Dec 24, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde named Mohamed Said Fofana, a former director of economic
research, as the nation's new prime minister.
2010 Guinea’s population was
about 10 million.
2011 Apr 22, Anglo-Australian
miner Rio Tinto settled a long-running dispute over Guinea's huge
Simandou iron ore field, with the West African nation agreeing to
take a stake of up to 35 percent.
2011 May 6, A Guinean
government minister said at least 25 people have been killed and a
mosque has been destroyed in fighting that took place earlier this
week in Galapaye.
2011 Jun 29, The leaders of
Congo and Guinea agreed to boost the current "low level" of
bilateral exchange, in a statement marking a visit by President
Alpha Conde to Brazzaville. The leaders agreed to hold a second
session in 2012 of a joint commission that last met in 1978, in a
bid to "revive" ties.
2011 Jul 2, In Guinea the
family of Colonel Moussa Keita, a high-ranking member of Captain
Moussa Dadis Camara's military junta, said Keita has been arrested
by the army. In recent weeks Keita made statements to local media
accusing General Sekouba Konate, head of a transition government put
in place after Camara was shot by a close aide, of embezzling $20
million (14 million euro).
2011 Jul 19, Guinea's
democratically elected Pres. Alpha Conde survived an assassination
attempt when gunmen descended on his home. At least one member of
his security detail was killed, several more were wounded and
portions of his house were destroyed by a rocket. Guinean security
forces arrested 37 soldiers in the wake of the attack.
(AP, 7/19/11)(AFP, 7/20/11)
2011 Jul 25, Guinea’s national
communications council banned media from reporting on "the attack
against the head of state, as well as any interactive broadcast of a
political nature." The media ban was lifted on July 28.
(AFP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/29/11)
2011 Aug 1, In Guinea 16
people, including 10 soldiers, were charged with attempted
assassination for an attack on Pres. Alpha Conde's home two weeks
ago. Witness Jean Kolie said 60 people were wounded in a clash that
erupted last week when residents in southern Guinea refused to let
the government expropriate their land for oil and rubber production.
(AFP, 8/2/11)(AP, 8/3/11)
2011 Sep 27, In Guinea clashes
between police and opposition demonstrators left at least 2 dead and
several injured, after the opposition, demanding electoral reform,
defied a government ban on rallies.
(AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)
2011 Oct 16, Guinea’s
government announced an increase in the price of diesel and petrol
from 7,500 to 9,500 francs ($1.37) per liter, double the price from
10 months ago. An overwhelming majority of the Guinean population
lives in poverty despite the country's rich mineral wealth from
bauxite, iron and gold.
2011 Nov 1, Senegal shut its
airspace to all planes coming or going to Guinea after a Senegal
Airlines flight was blocked in Conakry due to a spat over payments.
2011 Nov 8, Guinea outlawed all
"public rallies" held without prior authorization, such as meetings
or street markets. It came less than a week before a planned
November 14 march in the capital by Guinean lawyers who accuse the
Conakry governor of detaining three human rights activists including
a lawyer since Nov 3.
2011 Dec 1, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara arrived in Conakry for a one day visit
in which he and his Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde will discuss
reconciliation efforts in their troubled countries.
2011 Dec 19, Guinean officials
indefinitely postponed legislative elections initially set for
December 29 to meet opposition demands for a role in planning the
polls to prevent fraud.
2012 Feb 9, Guinean authorities
confirmed charges against army Col. Moussa Tiegboro Camara in
connection with a Sep 28, 2009, massacre of pro-democracy
demonstrators at a soccer stadium, making him the first high-ranking
official to face trial for the atrocities.
2012 Mar 3, In eastern Guinea
50 people traveling to a weekly market were killed and 27 others
injured when the lorry they were travelling in crashed.
2012 Mar 17, Guinean police
arrested dozens of people in Conakry and sealed off access to a
stadium where opposition groups planned to rally in a call for clean
elections in July. At least 15 people were injured when opposition
supporters stoned the headquarters of the Guinean ruling party.
(AFP, 3/17/12)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2012 Apr 4, In Guinea workers
at the Friguia plant, owned by world's biggest aluminium producer,
went on strike after a lengthy pay dispute. Rusal has managed the
bauxite mine, aluminium refinery and railway network since 2002 and
privatized it in 2006. On Aug 24 Guinean unions asked the government
to cancel Rusal's contract, a demand the company said had "no legal
grounds", vowing to use all legal means to protect its ownership
2012 May 10, In Guinea at least
19 people were injured in clashes between police and opposition
protesters demanding long-delayed legislative polls, a demonstration
that drew thousands and paralyzed Conakry.
2012 May 21, Guinea police
seized over 800 pieces of ivory, including sculptures and elephant
tusks, in the capital Conakry during raids beginning May 19 that led
to six arrests.
2012 Aug 9, Guinea’s health
ministry said an outbreak of cholera has killed 60 people since
February and is showing no signs of letting up.
2012 Aug 23, A cholera epidemic
in Guinea and Sierra Leone has left 250-300 people dead. 846 deaths
were reported this year in the 14 countries of West and Central
Africa. Sierra Leone's health ministry said that deaths from a
cholera outbreak had reached 220.
(SFC, 8/23/12, p.A5)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 31, In Guinea a
flat-bottomed boat used by fishermen and for transport, capsized a
few minutes after setting off for Kassa Island, several km (miles)
from the capital Conakry. About 30 people were believed drowned
after the overloaded boat sank. 27 survived.
2012 Sep 4, Guinea’s minister
in charge of national defense said that an arms shipment was
intercepted around a month ago at the port of Conakry. Abdoul Kabele
Camara said the arms appear to have been ordered by Mali's
ex-President Amadou Toumani Toure, known by his initials "ATT," who
was ousted in a coup in March. Representatives from the West African
regional bloc ECOWAS were meeting with the government of Guinea in
order to decide what to do with a container of arms.
2012 Sep 26, Guinea officials
said two-thirds of the country's foreign debt is going to be
canceled. The move came after Guinea qualified for heavily indebted
poor country status, meaning that more than $2.4 billion of its debt
now will be cancelled.
2012 Oct 29, In Guinea riot
police fired tear gas at hundreds who gathered to protest the firing
of a teacher in the northern town of Labe who allegedly criticized
the Guinean government in class.
2012 Oct, In Guinea a Cabinet
reshuffle created a new post dedicated to human rights. The country
had one of the worst human rights records in West Africa, following
a shocking 2009 massacre. The reshuffle also saw the purging of the
last three members of the military serving in the government.
2012 Nov 9, Guinea treasury
chief Aissatou Boiro was gunned down as she was driving home in
Conakry. She had launched an investigation into the loss of 13
million francs ($1.8 million) which went missing from the state
coffers. On Dec 28 officials said they had arrested two suspects in
(AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 11, In Guinea three
people were killed, dozens wounded and at least three women raped in
an army crackdown on protesters in the town of Gueckedou, 700 km
(430 miles) southeast of Conakry.
2012 Dec 14, Guinean
authorities and trade unions agreed to give civil servants a pay
raise of 50 percent over the next year. The raises would be applied
in three phases of 10, 15 and 25 percent before the end of 2013.
2012 Dec 21, The European Union
said it has agreed to re-launch €174.3 million in development funds
2013 Feb 11, In Liberia a plane
carrying senior officials from Guinea crashed near Liberia's largest
airport, killing 11 people including Guinea's army chief of staff
Gen. Souleymane Kelefa Diallo.
(AP, 2/11/13)(AP, 2/12/13)
2013 Feb 18, In Guinea
supporters of President Alpha Conde looted and burned the Kankan
offices of opposition politician Lansana Kouyate, 700 km (435 miles)
north of Conakry.
2013 Feb 19, In Guinea
anti-riot police fired tear gas to disperse anti-government
protesters who barricaded streets and threw stones at vehicles in
the capital, Conakry.
2013 Feb 19, An Ivory Coast
military spokesman says that Guinean soldiers have occupied Kpeaba,
a border village in western Ivorian territory, since early this
2013 Feb 27, Guinean security
forces fired tear gas at protests that turned violent after
opposition marchers started throwing stones in Conakry. The
opposition said that it has withdrawn from the upcoming legislative
election set for May 12 because the opposition is unhappy with
preparations for the election.
2013 Feb 28, In Guinea a
protester was killed in Conakry as the capital was rocked by a 2nd
day of anti-government demonstrations in which more than 100 people
2013 Apr 18, Guinea security
forces arrested the opposition's spokesman and another leader after
firing tear gas to disperse protesters who had planned a
demonstration against the June 30 date set for upcoming legislative
2013 Apr 30, Guinean health
officials said a meningitis outbreak has killed at least 40 people.
2013 May 8, Guinea's leading
human rights group confirmed that a member of the country's
paramilitary police unit was found guilty of raping a female
demonstrator inside the national soccer stadium during the Sep 28,
2009, pro-democracy rally.
2013 May 23, A Guinean
government spokesman said at least 15 people were injured, four of
them by bullet wounds, during a protest in Conakry between
opposition parties and security forces.
2013 May 24, In Guinea at
least 12 people were killed in clashes over the last 24 hours
between opposition marchers and security forces in Conakry. 26
people were hospitalized with injuries from the violence.
2013 Jun 9, A UN special
representative said Guinea's ruling party and opposition have
succeeded in drafting a framework which might allow the country to
move forward with much-delayed legislative elections.
2013 Jul 13, A tribunal in
Guinea sentenced Alpha Oumar Diallo and Jean Guilavogui to life
imprisonment for trying to assassinate President Alpha Conde in July
2011. Among six others sentenced were Badjar Fatou Diallo, a woman
convicted of being an active accomplice, Almamy Aguibou Diallo and
Mamadou Alpha Diallo who were sentenced to 15 years.
2013 Jul 15, In in southeastern
Guinea at least two people were killed and six others injured in
clashes. Mobs from rival ethnic groups took to the streets and
gunfire rang out across Nzerekore, Guinea's second largest town,
after a man accused of being a thief was killed.
2013 Jul 17, Guinea government
spokesman Albert Camara said that the army has been deployed to
N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, to restore order.
Officials later said 3 days of clashes in the southeast have killed
98 people and injured scores more.
(AP, 7/17/13)(Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013 Sep 23, In Guinea
opposition protesters shot dead a trainee policeman and injured two
other officers as renewed violence broke out in Conakry, five days
ahead of elections.
2013 Sep 28, Guinea held
elections, Voters waited in long lines and a special security force
patrolled in all-terrain vehicles as polls opened for hotly
contested legislative elections.
2013 Oct 4, Guinea's political
opposition demanded that the results from last weekend's legislative
election be invalidated, citing fraud and irregularities.
2013 Oct 9, International
observers said irregularities took place in a number of districts in
Guinea's parliamentary election last month, possibly harming the
credibility of the results.
2013 Oct 18, Guinea's electoral
commission announced that the ruling party and its allies have won
legislative elections. Pres. Alpha Conde’s Rally of the Guinean
People (RPG) won with 53 seats. The opposition said it would not
recognise the official results.
(AFP, 10/18/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.56)
2013 Nov 13, The Afrobarometer
survey, a poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent,
found that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes
including for medical treatment. Sierra Leone fared the worst
overall when it came to bribes, with 63 percent of respondents
saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. Morocco
and Guinea came next, each with 57 percent.
2013 Nov 15, Guinea's Supreme
Court rejected all the complaints lodged against the results of a
September 28 parliamentary election in which President Alpha Conde's
RPG party won the most seats.
2013 Nov 16, In Guinea
anti-government demonstrators barricaded roads and threw stones in
Conakry in protest at a Supreme Court ruling handing September's
controversial elections to the president's governing party.
2013 Nov 17, In Guinea a
teenager was killed and five other civilians injured during clashes
with police after a pro-opposition journalist claimed he risked
being kidnapped by the security forces.
2013 Nov 19, In northeastern
Guinea at least 12 illegal miners were killed and several left
missing after a landslide at a goldmine owned by the Ashanti
2013 Nov 25, Guinea’s
government said Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala and Dubai
Aluminium (DUBAL) have signed a five-billion-dollar deal with Guinea
that should secure resources for UAE aluminium makers.
2013 Dec 26, In Guinea a
2-year-old boy in the remote village of Meliandou fell ill with a
mysterious illness characterized by fever, black stools, and
vomiting. He died 2 days later. He was later identified as
patient zero in the current outbreak of Ebola, which was not
recognized until March.
2013 - 2015 The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia
and Sierra Leone killed more than 11,000 people.
(Econ, 4/18/20, p.13)
2014 Jan 15, Guinea's PM
Mohamed Said Fofana stepped down and handed in the resignation of
his cabinet as part of a transition to a new government after
2014 Jan 18, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde said he had reinstated PM Mohamed Said Fofana just three
days after accepting his resignation to make way for a new
administration following parliamentary elections.
2014 Jan 27, The EU announced
the release of 140 million euros in aid to Guinea, its first
development package to the West African nation after a five-year
2014 Feb 18, In Guinea at least
one person was killed and six others injured in Conakry when
protests against frequent power cuts turned violent. The offices of
a Brazilian construction firm were attacked.
2014 Feb 25, In Guinea
secondary school student Moussa Mara was hospitalized after being
kicked in the stomach during a football match in his neighborhood.
Conakry doctors reportedly demanded 300 euros ($410) from his family
to treat the boy, but they were unable to pay. Classmates stumped up
the cash but Mara died on the operating table.
2014 Feb 26, In Guinea hundreds
of youths "armed with sticks, clubs and even knives looted,
ransacked and set fire to the police station" and two local
government buildings in Fria. They were protesting against the
killing by police of a teenager accused of possessing drugs. Conakry
school pupils took to the streets after the death of one of their
classmates in a hospital, accusing doctors of "negligence."
2014 Mar 19, Guinea health
authorities said an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has killed at
least 23 people in the southeastern forest region since February
when the first case was reported.
2014 Mar 21, Guinea's ministry
of health says that 49 people have been registered with viral
hemorrhagic fever in the country's south since February, and 29 of
those people have since died.
2014 Mar 23, Guinea government
officials said samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever
that has killed more than 50 people have tested positive for the
2014 Mar 24, Guinea announced
that samples taken from three suspected cases of Ebola, which led to
two deaths in Conakry, had tested negative for the virus. Health
workers said the outbreak from the Ebola virus, which has killed at
least 59 people in Guinea, may have spread to Liberia.
(AFP, 3/24/14)(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 24, The EU approved
sanctions and said it will no longer import any fish caught by
vessels from Cambodia, Belize and Guinea, accusing their governments
of failing to cooperate in fighting illegal fishing.
2014 Mar 26, Guinea health
officials said the death toll from the rare Ebola virus has risen to
63. The outbreak is the first in West Africa in 20 years.
2014 Mar 28, The Guinean health
ministry confirmed eight cases of Ebola in Conakry, including one
fatality. The total number of suspected cases recorded from January
to March 28 was 111 cases of haemorrhagic fever, including 70
2014 Mar 29, Guinea kept up its
efforts to contain an Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens
spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as
neighboring Senegal closed its border.
2014 Mar 31, Doctors Without
Borders warned that health authorities in Guinea faced an
"unprecedented epidemic" of Ebola, as the death toll from the
disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78.
2014 Apr 3, Liberia said it was
dealing with its first suspected Ebola case thought to be
unconnected to the epidemic raging in Guinea and to have originated
separately within its borders. The fruit bat, thought to be the host
of the highly contagious Ebola virus, is a delicacy in the region
straddling Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and experts suspect
huntsmen may be the source of the outbreak.
2014 Apr 4, Mali, Liberia and
Sierra Leone geared up to tackle killer haemorrhagic fevers
including Ebola, which has claimed 86 lives in Guinea. Mali claimed
3 suspect cases; Liberia claimed 14; Sierra Leone claimed several
2014 Apr 8, WHO officials said
more than 100 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola in West
Africa, with as many as 175 people infected. This included 151
suspected and confirmed cases of the disease in guinea, where 98
people have died, and 10 deaths in Liberia.
2014 Apr 17, The World Health
Organization said the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Guinea
has risen to 122, a sharp increase from a previous figure of 108.
2014 Apr 23, The WHO said 147
people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including
136 in Guinea and 11 in Liberia.
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 18, The World Health
Organization said an Ebola outbreak continues to spread in Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the death toll in the outbreak has
risen to more than 330.
2014 Jun 23, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said that the latest figures show 567 cases of
Ebola with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus
has no cure and causes internal bleeding and organ failure,
spreading through contact with infected people.
2014 Jul 8, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have
been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3.
2014 Jul 11, The World Health
Organization (WHO) reported 44 new cases of Ebola including 21
deaths. 539 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone have
been attributed to the outbreak.
2014 Jul 22, In Sierra Leone
Sheik Umar Khan (39), the head doctor fighting the deadly tropical
virus Ebola, was reported to have caught the disease. Across Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone, 632 people have died from the illness
according to the latest WHO report.
2014 Jul 25, The World Health
Organization the death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has
risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000. In Guinea
fatalities reached 314, with 127 in Liberia and 219 in Sierra Leone.
2014 Jul 30, Guinea officials
said at least 33 people have died in a stampede following a rap
concert on a beach in Conakry.
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 31, The World Health
Organization said the deaths of 57 more people from Ebola in west
Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the epidemic to
729, including 339 in Guinea, 156 in Liberia and 233 in Sierra
2014 Aug 1, The leaders of
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone agreed to a $100 million emergency
action plan to beef the response to Ebola.
2014 Aug 4, The World Bank said
that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone to help the west African nations contain the deadly
2014 Aug 9, Guinea announced
the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in a bid to
halt the spread of Ebola.
2014 Aug 13, Guinea declared a
public health emergency over an Ebola epidemic that has killed more
than 1,000 people in three West African states and is sending health
workers to all affected border points.
2014 Aug 14, The UN health
agency said the death toll from the worst outbreak of Ebola in four
decades had now climbed to 1,069 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and
Sierra Leone. The WHO said the scale of the Ebola epidemic has been
vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary measures" were needed
to contain the killer disease.
2014 Aug 19, Air France said
some of its flight crews were refusing to board planes bound for
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria over fears of the Ebola outbreak.
2014 Aug 21, Senegal closed its
land border with Guinea as part of intensifying efforts to contain
the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in
Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
2014 Aug 22, Ivory Coast closed
its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbors Guinea
and Liberia in an attempt to prevent the world's deadliest outbreak
of the virus from spreading onto its territory.
2014 Aug 28, In Guinea riots
broke out in the remote southeastern city of Nzerekore over rumors
that health workers had infected people with Ebola.
2014 Aug 29, Senegal’s Ministry
of Health said a man infected with Ebola has traveled to Senegal,
becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has
hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500
people. Senegal's first case was a student (21) from Guinea.
(AP, 8/29/14)(Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014 Aug 30, In Guinea a curfew
was imposed in N'Zerekore after two days of protests by market stall
holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to
spray their market with disinfectant. Clashes left at least 55
2014 Sep 16, In Guinea a team
of health officials accompanied by journalists came to Womey village
to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. A group of
local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them
with knives and rocks and killing 8 of them.
2014 Oct 11, Ten people died
and a dozen were missing after a small boat collided with a ship off
Guinea's southern coast and capsized.
2014 Oct 20, China was reported
to have donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst affected by
the Ebola virus.
2014 Oct 24, China's president
pledged to provide $81 million in aid to help fight Ebola in the
three West African countries at the heart of the crisis.
2014 Oct 30, The World Bank
said it was immediately providing $100 million to support the
deployment of more health workers to Ebola-stricken West Africa.
2014 Nov 8, The African Union,
African Development Bank and regional business leaders meeting in in
Ethiopia announced a crisis fund to help areas hit by the Ebola
2014 Nov 14, Senegal partially
reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,
countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.
2014 Nov 21, Guinean
authorities publicly appealed on national radio to unidentified
robbers to hand over blood samples that were stolen from a minibus
taxi during its 265-km (165-mile) trek from central Kankan
prefecture to an Ebola test site in southern Gueckedou.
2014 Nov 28, British scientists
announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as France's
Francois Hollande arrived in Conakry, becoming the first Western
leader to visit one of the countries devastated by the epidemic.
France has pledged 100 million euros ($125 million) in the fight
against the epidemic focusing its efforts on Guinea.
2014 Dec 20, The World Health
Organization said the death toll from Ebola in Guinea (1,550),
Liberia (3,346) and Sierra Leone (2,477), the three worst-affected
countries in West Africa, has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases
known to date there.
2014 Guinea’s GDP per person
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.79)
2015 Jan 2, The World Health
Organization said deaths last year from Ebola had reached 7,989 with
2,827 from Sierra Leone, 3,423 from Liberia and 1,739 from Guinea.
(SFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 23, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have
recorded falling numbers of new Ebola cases for four successive
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 26, Senegal reopened
its land border with Guinea, pointing to the "significant efforts"
of its neighbor in fighting an Ebola outbreak that has claimed
thousands of lives.
2015 Mar 12, The World Health
Organization (WHO) estimated that the Ebola outbreak has killed over
10,000 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 30, Guinea closed its
border with Sierra Leone as part of new efforts to stamp out Ebola.
(SFC, 3/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 13, Guinean police
opened fire on anti-government protesters wounding several during
violent clashes in Conakry. The opposition had called for
demonstrations in all parts of the capital against the ongoing lack
of security for which it blames the regime of President Alpha Conde.
One young man, Souleymane Bah, died from a gunshot wound blamed on
(AFP, 4/13/15)(AP, 4/14/15)
2015 Apr 14, In Guinea violent
clashes erupted for a second day in Conakry between security forces
and opposition party protesters.
2015 Apr 17, Guinea, Liberia,
and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hit hardest by
the Ebola epidemic, called for an $8 billion "Marshall Plan" to help
rebuild their economies and boost prevention efforts at a meeting
with heads of the World Bank, IMF, and UN. World Bank President Jim
Yong Kim announced a new $650 million in funds for the three
countries, in addition to $1 billion committed last year to fight
2015 Apr 20, Guinean security
forces took to the streets of the capital in huge numbers as
anti-government activists staged fresh protests following deadly
clashes between demonstrators and police last week.
2015 Apr 21, In Guinea eleven
people were sentenced to life in prison for murdering eight Ebola
workers in Womey last September. Another 15 were acquitted.
2015 Apr 23, In Guinea security
forces killed a protester and wounded four others, as opposition
supporters clashed with police in series of anti-government rallies
to protest against a disputed election timetable.
2015 May 7, Youths in Guinea's
capital blocked roads with burning tires and clashed with security
forces, raising pressure on President Alpha Conde ahead of talks
with the opposition aimed at resolving a dispute over the timing of
2015 May 7, The WHO said the
number of Ebola cases reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone had
dropped to its lowest total last week with nine in each country.
(SFC, 5/8/15, p.A2)
2015 May 17, Guinea’s
opposition leader pledged to continue the protests in which at least
four people have been killed unless President Alpha Conde allows
prompt local elections.
2015 Jul 31, Researchers said
an Ebola test vaccine has provided blanket protection in a field
trial in Guinea, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for
the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands.
2015 Sep 7, In Guinea at least
7 people were killed and 12 others injured following heavy rains in
an overnight mudslide in Tougnifili.
2015 Sep 8, The WHO said a
child in Mali has been paralyzed by polio, the first case there
since 2011. The child was stricken in Guinea before arriving in
(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 28, Guinea inaugurated
a $500-million hydropower plant, in a bid to boost the power-starved
national grid and halt the outflow of economic migrants from the
impoverished west African nation. It was completed in the summer and
was three-quarters funded by China Exim Bank.
2015 Oct 9, In Guinea
pre-election violence killed at least 3 people and injured some 50.
At least 33 people were injured in the fighting between Cellou
Dalein Diallo's Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea party and
President Alpha Conde's Rally of the Guinean People-Rainbow Party
2015 Oct 11, Guineans flocked
to the polls to choose their president, shrugging off deadly
pre-election violence. Incumbent President Alpha Conde was tipped to
win a second term. Guinea's main opposition party alleged widespread
fraud in the country's presidential vote. On Oct 17 the electoral
commission said President Alpha Conde won re-election with around 58
percent of votes cast.
(AFP, 10/11/15)(AP, 10/12/15)(Reuters, 10/17/15)
2015 Oct 16, The World Health
Organization says there were two new cases of Ebola in Guinea this
week, ending two consecutive weeks in West Africa when no cases of
the devastating disease were reported.
2015 Oct 22, Amnesty
International said security forces in Guinea have shot two unarmed
people in the back and beat another person to death in the lead up
to elections this month.
2015 Dec 23, Guinea's PM
Mohamed Said Fofana stepped down in order to make way for a new
administration after President Alpha Conde (77) was sworn in for a
controversial second five-year term.
2015 Dec 26, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde appointed mining executive Mamady Youla as the West
African country's new prime minister.
2015 Dec 29, The UN's health
agency declared Guinea's Ebola outbreak over two years after it
2016 Jan 19, Cheikh Ould
Saleck, a Mauritanian Al-Qaeda jihadist on death row until his
escape on New Year's Eve, was re-arrested this evening after
crossing the Guinea-Bissau border into Guinea.
2016 Feb 5, In Guinea
journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo (33) died after receiving a bullet
to the chest in clashes outside the Conakry offices of an opposition
2016 Mar 16, Guinean health
officials alerted the WHO to Ebola symptoms in a family's village,
where three people had died in unexplained circumstances in the last
few weeks. The Alliance For International Medical Action (ALIMA)
quickly reopened its specialist Ebola clinic to treat an infected
woman and her child after the virus killed at least two of their
2016 May 27, In Guinea at least
59 people were injured when youths frustrated they were being kept
out of the opening of a new mosque in the town of Timbo clashed with
police. About 85 percent of Guinea's population follows Sunni Islam
and Timbo is a center of Islamic learning and the capital of the
Foutah branch of Islam in Guinea.
2016 Jun, Saudi Arabia lifted a
two-year ban against Guinean pilgrims for the haj in September and
allotted the country 7,200 places.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.43)
2016 Jul 20, Israel said that
it and the Republic of Guinea renewed diplomatic ties after 49
2016 Dec 19, Israeli
authorities placed billionaire businessman Beny Steinmetz (60) under
house arrest over allegations of bribery and corruption in Guinea
linked to his mining company, BSG Resources (BSGR).
2016 Dec 19, Senegal police
arrested Lieutenant Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite, a Guinean soldier
linked to a Sep 28, 2009, massacre in Conakry where at least 150
people were killed and dozens of women raped.
2017 Feb 20, Police in Guinea
fired tear gas as hundreds of students armed with stones and sticks
demonstrated in Conakry over strikes by teachers that have blocked
them from going to classes for weeks. The government late today
signed an agreement with the country's two largest teachers' unions,
ending strikes that closed schools since the beginning of the month.
Teachers would have to wait until September for salary increases.
(AP, 2/20/17)(AP, 2/21/17)
2017 Apr 7, Doctors Without
Borders said they have begun a measles vaccination program in Guinea
after 14 deaths and 3,400 cases were confirmed this year.
(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A2)
2017 May 2, Greenpeace said
authorities in West Africa have detained eight Chinese vessels for
fishing illegally and the boat owners could be subject to millions
of dollars in fines. Inspectors from Guinea, Sierra Leone and
Guinea-Bissau boarded the ships off their respective coasts. They
found them to be violating regulations on catching protected fish
and using nets with small holes to facilitate bigger hauls.
2017 Aug 30, Guinea’s
government said that the bodies of 19 people thought to have
perished in an August 14 mudslide in Sierra Leone have washed up on
the shores of Guinea. The mudslide at Freetown's crowded Mount Sugar
Loaf killed an estimated 500 people, with hundreds of others still
2017 Sep 15, In Guinea unrest
over wages and electricity cuts kept the bauxite mining hub of Boke
partially blocked after a night of gunfire in which witnesses said
youths set up roadblocks and burned tires. A day earlier a boy (17)
was shot and killed. On Sep 13 security forces shot dead another man
when they intervened to break up riots.
2017 Nov 28, Guinean officials
said a two-day skirmish between Guinean and Malian villagers over
control of a gold mine that straddles the countries' joint border
killed at least 17 people. Five dead were reported on the Guinean
side and 12 on the Malian side.
2018 Jan 16, In eastern Guinea
a Saudi Arabian Islamic preacher was killed after proselytizing to
hunting communities in a remote region near the Mali border.
2018 Jan 17, In eastern Guinea
a young local man stabbed the chief of the traditional hunters in
the village of Kantedou Balandou. Authorities said this was likely a
revenge killing in response to the shooting death of a Saudi
preacher a day earlier.
2018 Feb 4, Guinea held its
first local elections since the end of the era of military
dictatorship, as voting gets underway to elect municipal councils
following eight years of delays.
2018 Feb 5, In Guinea a young
man died in confrontations with security forces in the city of
2018 Feb 6, In central Guinea
at least five small children died in a fire linked to post-election
riots in a town in Dinguiraye.
2018 Mar 12, In Guinea unrest
sparked by a row over local elections held in February paralyzed
much of the capital.
2018 Mar 13, In Guinea
opposition supporters protested and erected barricades in the mining
towns of Boke and Kamsar, disrupting some shipments of the aluminum
2018 May 14, Guinea's
opposition resumed protests over disputed local elections in
February, with a strike crippling parts of the seaside capital
2018 May 27, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde reshuffled his government overnight, appointing new
finance and security ministers among others. Conde's government has
faced repeated strikes by mineworkers, as well as teachers and has
seen civil unrest over local elections.
2018 Jun 24, In Guinea four
people were killed after a small plane crashed after takeoff from
the capital, Conakry. Pilots from Germany and Cape Verde and
technicians from Poland and Guinea were among the dead.
2018 Jun 27, Talks between
Togo's government and the country’s political opposition resumed
after a three-month suspension. The presidents of Ghana and Guinea
(Nana Akufo-Addo and Alpha Conde) arrived in Lome to further the
2018 Oct 29, In Guinea a "dead
city" strike call by the opposition largely emptied the streets of
the capital Conakry, with no solution in sight to a pay dispute in
the education sector.
2018 Oct 30, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the G20 Compact with Africa meeting
saying it's critical "not only to talk about Africa but to talk with
Africa" about development needs and goals. So far 11 countries have
joined the program: Benin, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.
2019 Aug 5, The 2nd US Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled that US citizen Mahmoud Thiam, Guinea's
former minister of mines (2009-2010), was properly convicted. Thiam
was sentenced in August 2017 to seven years in prison after a jury
concluded he betrayed the Republic of Guinea by accepting $8.5
million in bribes.
2019 Oct 9, A new study by the
World Health Organization said more than one-third of women in
Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria had been abused during child
birth in health centers.
(SFC, 10/10/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 14, In Guinea
protesters burned tires and threw stones at police in Conakry in the
first of a series of planned demonstrations against a possible
change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek
a third term.
2019 Oct 16, In Guinea hospital
staff in Conakry said security forces have killed at least nine
people this week during demonstrations against a possible change to
the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third
2019 Oct 24, Thousands took to
the streets of Guinea in the largest of a series of protests over a
suspected effort by President Alpha Conde to seek a third term that
have led to the jailing of a dozen opposition campaigners and
politicians. The march was organized by the National Front for the
Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and
activists opposed to a constitutional change that could let Conde
seek a third term.
2020 Jan 8, Guinea's opposition
parties said they will not participate in legislative elections in
February and will press to have them delayed if the president does
not withdraw a bid to seek another term.
2020 Mar 20, In Guinea
opposition groups demonstrated against a March 21 referendum that
could allow Pres. Alpha Conde to stay longer in power. The vote
would also choose 14 National Assembly members. Guinea has reported
tow cases of the coronavirus.
(SFC, 3/21/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 22, Guinea held a
constitutional referendum that opponents of President Alpha Conde
fear could allow him to govern for 12 more years. An opposition
boycott all but ensured the new basic law will be approved when
results are announced in the coming days. With the first two cases
of the COVID-19 disease recorded in the country, some polling
stations required voters to wash their hands before casting their
ballot. On March 27 Guinea’s electoral commission said nearly 92% of
voters supported the proposal, which would keep a two-term limit on
presidencies, but increase the length of each term from five years
(Reuters, 3/22/20)(AP, 3/28/20)
2020 Mar 31, Guinea announced a
night-time curfew between 2100-0500 GMT and restrictions on movement
out of the capital due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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