Guinea's political dialogue meeting postponed after plane crash

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The helicopter crash that occurred on Monday in Liberia, killing the Guinean army chief, Souleymane Kelefa Diallo and five other military officers as well as five crew members, has left the country's political class in disarray.

A three-day national mourning was declared starting Monday across the entire Guinean national territory.

The government announced the postponement of a political dialogue meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the presidential palace between President Alpha Conde and the political leaders, an official statement indicated on Monday night.

The decision to postpone the meeting was taken just a day after the announcement by the three opposition alliances that they will boycott the political dialogue meeting which had heightened political tension in the country for the last few days.

At the end of their meeting over the past week-end, the parties that form the Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADP), the Association for Finalization of the Transition and the Club of Republicans (CDR) declined the invitation from the Guinean president, but pointed out that they were ready to hold talks with the president in a structured manner.

While speaking to the local press on Monday evening in reaction to the plane crash, the spokesman for the opposition Aboubacar Sylla said that the opposition will equally postpone its public demonstration that had been scheduled to take place on Feb. 13.

While expressing the condolences of the opposition parties, Sylla said that the opposition will review its timetable.

The leaders of the alliances were set to meet on Tuesday morning to examine the situation and issue a statement which will define the next course of action.

The helicopter which crashed at the Roberts airport in Monrovia, was transporting a Guinean military delegation which was to participate a Liberian army ceremony.

On Monday afternoon, Guinea's Prime Minister Mohamed Fofana visited the families of the victims to express the government's condolences. Endi

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