Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 23, 2013


The United States Government welcomes the agreement between the government and political parties in Guinea to delay legislative elections from September 24 to September 28. With this additional time, the technical preparations are now in place for elections and all parties are focused on the campaign. 

President Alpha Conde and the leaders of Guinea’s political parties came together in promoting an inclusive and peaceful electoral process, one in which all parties can compete with confidence. This important decision, which was facilitated by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa Said Djinnit, is critical to electing a new parliament and continuing Guinea’s democratic transition.  

The people of Guinea are to be commended for the competitive, peaceful and dignified manner in which they have campaigned for their political parties. The U.S. Embassy in Conakry, working with its Guinean and international partners, will continue to work for the success of the process from now until the day the new National Assembly assumes its role in Guinea’s democracy. At that point, we will turn our efforts to building the institutional capacity of Guinea’s new legislature.



PRN: 2013/1173