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Yearbook 2017

Guinea. In February, a strike broke out among the country's teaching staff since the government decided to lower the salaries of several teachers. The protests were supported by many students and led to several clashes between students and the military police in the capital Conakry. The violence resulted in five people being shot to death. The strike was canceled after an agreement was reached between the government and the teachers. Later that month, President Alpha Condé dismissed three ministers as a result of the events.

2017 Guinea

According to Countryaah.com, promises from October 2016 that local elections were held in February 2017 were never fulfilled, even though such elections have not been held since 2005. The promised new electoral law and updated voting lengths have also not come into place. This prompted several thousand opposition supporters to walk the streets of Conakry in August to demand that the local elections be conducted. In September, the country's Election Commission announced that local elections will be held on February 4, 2018, a date approved by President Condé in early December.

In September, unrest also erupted in the mining town of Boké in western Guinea. The city is located in a bauxite-rich area and among the population there is dissatisfaction that the income from the mining industry does not benefit the city's residents. The direct cause of the protests was the recurring electricity outages. The local office of the RPG's (Guinean People's Union) local offices was destroyed and parts of the city were occupied by armed youths. Looting of shops occurred, as did vehicle vandalism. At least fifty people were injured and two deaths were reported.

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