Guinea. In January, a three-month teacher strike ended
and schools could be reopened. The agreement that the
teachers' union concluded with the government included a 40
per cent increase in salaries and promises of negotiations
on a basic salary for teachers.
CountryAAH, the opposition gathered during the year to try to prevent
President Alpha Condé from being able to extend his time in
power. The president's second term expires in October 2020
and he is prohibited from running for the next election,
according to the constitution. However, Condé's party is
proposing a constitutional amendment that will allow more
than two terms of office. Alpha Condé's September statement
that citizens should prepare for elections and referendums
fueled rumors that the president is also in favor of
amending the constitution. The latter was confirmed in
December when Condé presented a draft new constitution.
Earlier in the year, in April, several opposition parties
formed the Alliance National Front for the Defense of the
Constitution. A few days later, one of the parties, the
Liberal bloc, demonstrated outside the parliament building.
They objected to the opening of a new session of the
National Assembly despite the expiry of the parliamentary
mandate in January. The term of office is five years, but no
parliamentary elections have been held since September 2013.
The leader of the Liberal bloc, Faya Millimouno, and several
of the party hangings were arrested during the protests. In
May, seven people were sentenced to three months in prison
after demonstrating outside a sports arena where President
Condé was speaking. According to the allegations, they had
disturbed the general order.